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Multiple Origins for the Surname Thom


German


The ancestral home of the Thom family is Bavaria. Thom is a local name for a person who lived in Bavaria.

Thom Early Origins



The surname Thom was first found in Bavaria, where this surname surfaced in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century onwards the name was associated with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Thom Spelling Variations


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Thom Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Thom include Thoma, Thoman, Thom, Thoms, Toma, Thomas, Tomas, Thomasius, Thoeman, Thome, Thomen, Thomme, Thomm, Demel, Dehmel and many more.

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Thom Early History


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Thom Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thom research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1776, 1635, 1669, 1746, 1655, 1728, 1670, 1704, 1644, 1709, 1663 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Thom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thom Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thom Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Thom in this period include Frederic Count de Thoms (1669-1746), a German art collector; Peter Lorenz Thomas von Langenhardt (mid 17th century), Secretary of the Johannite Order of knights at Sonnenburg; Christian Thomas (1655-1728, known as Thomasius)...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Thom or a variant listed above:

Thom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Thom, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638

Thom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rosamund Thom settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716
  • Benedictus Thom arrived in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Christian Thom, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Hans Yerrick Thom, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Elias, Fred, George, Michael and William Thom settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1754 and 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Thom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Thom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Fredk Thom, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Johannes Thom, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Peter Thom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Mary Thom settled in Trinity Bay in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Thom Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sophia Thom, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. Robert Thom U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Thom Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Thom settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1822 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Alexander Thom arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Carl Thom, aged 46, landed in Quebec in 1868
  • John Thom settled in Burnt Island, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Thom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Thom arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851

Thom Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Thom landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • William D. Thom, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thom (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thom (post 1700)



  • Mary Thom (1944-2013), American feminist, writer, and editor
  • William Richard Thom (1885-1960), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 16th District, 1933-39, 1941-43, 1945-47; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1956
  • Ronald D. Thom, American politician, Mayor of Oregon City, Oregon, 1983
  • Peter Thom, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1900
  • Jane Thom, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Cameron Erskine Thom (1825-1915), American Democrat politician, Los Angeles County District Attorney, 1854-57, 1869-73, 1877-79; Member of California State Senate, 1858-59
  • A. P. Thom Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1916
  • James Crawford Thom, American painter
  • James Alexander Thom (b. 1933), American author
  • Hans Thom (1839-1924), German painter
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  11. ...

The Thom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thom 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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