Tomè History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Tomè is O Tuama.

Early Origins of the Tomè family

The surname Tomè was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. This ancient family name was descended from Tuaim Snama, an eighth century King of Osraigi, and were presumably of Dalcassian origin. They were descended through Mathghamhain, the brother of Brian Boru. Although this tribe of Toomey held a family seat in Cork in the 14th century, they are believed to be descended from the Dal Cais to the north.

Important Dates for the Tomè family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomè research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1478, 1640, 1653, 1730, 1659, 1702, 1706, 1603 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Tomè History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tomè Spelling Variations

Ireland in the Middle Ages was inhabited by very few literate people. Therefore, the proper spelling of names was decided by a very select few. The surviving records for the time demonstrate that these scribes were often not consistent in their efforts for there are many spelling variations of certain common names. Some of the variations for the name Tomè include Toomie, O'Toomie, Twomey, O'Twomey, Twomy, O'Twomy, Twony, Toomey, O'Toomey, Toomy, O'Toomy, Twomie, O'Twomie, Twome, O'Twome, Toomee, O'Toomee, Tome, O'Tome, Thomey, O'Thomey, Thoume, O'Thoume, Thomey, O'Thomey, Tumey, O'Tumey, Tumee and many more.

Early Notables of the Tomè family (pre 1700)

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Tomè migration to the United States

Many Irish families did not fare so well within the English-ruled Ireland. Besides racial and religious discrimination, many families were renting out small tracts of farmland from absentee landowners at often unreasonable rates. Beginning in the late 18th century, moderately well off Irish families decided to emigrate to British North America or the United States in order to own their own plot of land. A radical change occurred in the 1840s, however, with the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Up to this point, the island's population had been increasing rapidly and a steady demand over the years for grain crops had depleted soil. Two failed crops and one poor one caused widespread disease and starvation. Thousands boarded ships looking for opportunities elsewhere. North America welcomed them as a source of cheap labor required for the many industrial and infrastructure projects underway, and as a means to quickly occupy the western regions. Research into immigration and passenger ship lists indicates that people bearing the name Tomè were among the earliest settlers to arrive in North America:

Tomè Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Tome, who landed in America in 1782 [1]
Tomè Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pablo Tome, aged 26, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1805 [1]
  • Jose Tome, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [1]
  • Ramon Tome, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]
  • Paulino Tome, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1887 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tomè (post 1700)

  • Jacob Tome (1810-1898), American Republican politician, Member of Maryland State Senate, 1864; Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1871 [2]

Historic Events for the Tomè family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Luigi Tome (1889-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Duluth, Minnesota, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
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