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The ancestors of the Thomson family lived among the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Their name is derived from the ancient personal name Thomas, meaning twin.

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The surname Thomson was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where the first listings of the name were found in the early 1300s. They include: John Thomson, "a man of low birth, but approved valour", leader of the men of Carrick in Edward Bruce's war in Ireland in 1318 and Adam Thomson who was listed as Lord of Kylnekylle, Ayrshire c. 1370-80. Closing out that century was Johannes filius Thome who was elected bailie of Aberdeen in 1398.[1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Thomson has appeared as Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M'Comie and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thomson research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1370, 1461, 1547, 1668, 1700, 1619, 1676, 1799 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Thomson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thomson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Thomson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Thomson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Thomson who died aboard the "Mayflower" at Cape Cod Harbor in 1620 and was liekly buried ashore
  • Morris Thomson settled in Virginia in 1626
  • John Thomson, who arrived in Maryland in 1634
  • Christopher Thomson settled in St. Christopher in 1635 along with Edward
  • James Thomson, who landed in New England in 1651-1652
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Thomson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eleanore Thomson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Anne Thomson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Dugald Thomson settled in New York in 1739, with his wife and four children
  • Dugald Thomson, who arrived in New York in 1739

Thomson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Thomson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Hugh Thomson, aged 36, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Jane Thomson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Charles Thomson, aged 55, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Janet Thomson, who arrived in America in 1822
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Thomson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ben John Thomson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jane Thomson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Jacob Thomson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. James Thomson U.E., (Thompson) who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a member of the Penobscot Association
  • Mr. William Thomson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
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Thomson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Thomson settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1801
  • Ann Thomson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Catherine Thomson, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Mary Thomson, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Catherine Thomson, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
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Thomson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Thomson, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Thomson, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Andrew Thomson, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • Alexander Thomson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
  • Richard Thomson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
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Thomson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A Thomson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Henry Thomson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • David Thomson, aged 38, a farm labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • Dian Thomson, aged 35, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • David Thomson, aged 38, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
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  • James Alexander Thomson (1958-1895), American developmental biologist
  • Elihu Thomson (1853-1937), engineer and inventor who was instrumental in the founding of major electrical companies in the United States, United Kingdom and France. American
  • Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), American composer and critic
  • Dave Thomson (1938-2016), Scottish professional footballer
  • Robert William Thomson (1822-1873), Scottish engineer and inventor of the pneumatic tire
  • David Couper Thomson (1861-1954), Scottish newspaper proprietor
  • Sir Charles Wyville Thomson (1830-1882), Scottish marine biologist
  • Sir John Arthur Thomson (1861-1933), Scottish naturalist
  • David Kenneth Roy Thomson (b. 1957), 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian businessman, Chairman of Thomson Reuters
  • Charles Poulett Thomson GCB PC (1799-1841), 1st Baron Sydenham, English politician and diplomat, 1st Governor of the Province of Canada, (1839-1841), Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (1839-1841)
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Thomson Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Archibald Thomson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Archibald James Thomson (1919-1941), Australian Stoker from Pemberton, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Hugh Thomson (b. 1920), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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  • Thomson, A Family History by Kathryn Blevins.
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Thomson
Comie, Commie, Comy, Coomie, Coomy, Gomie, Gomy, Goomie, Goomy, MacComie, MacCommie, Maccomy, MacCoomie, MacCoomy, MacGomie, MacGomy, MacGoomie, MacGoomy, MacOmie, MacOmmie, MacOmmy, MacOmy, McComie, McCommie, McComy, McCoomie, McCoomy, McGomie, McGomy, McGoomie, McGoomy, McOmie, McOmmie, McOmmy, McOmy, Omie, Ommie, Ommy, Tammson, Tamson, Thomsan, Thomsand, Thomsane, Thomsant, Thomsen, Thomsend, Thomsent, Thomsind, Thomsint, Thomson and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Thomson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thomson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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