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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Thoman family. The Thoman surname evolved as a local name for a family that lived in Bavaria.

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The surname Thoman 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.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Thoman include Thoma, Thoman, Thom, Thoms, Toma, Thomas, Tomas, Thomasius, Thoeman, Thome, Thomen, Thomme, Thomm, Demel, Dehmel and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thoman 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 Thoman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thoman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Thoman or a variant listed above:

Thoman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Thoman, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • John Jacob Thoman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1723
  • Nicholas Thoman, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Philip Thoman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Martin Thoman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771

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  • Leroy D. Thoman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 17th District, 1880
  • John Thoman, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Covington, Kentucky, 1934-35 (acting, 1934-35)
  • Barbara Thoman, American politician, Anderson Coalition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1980
  • Alois Thoman, American Republican politician, Kansas State Auditor, 1869-73


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  8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Thoman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thoman 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.

This page was last modified on 22 October 2015 at 14:00.

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