Thome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient given name Thomas, which itself is derived from the Aramaic name Teoma, meaning twin.

Early Origins of the Thome family

The surname Thome was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Thome family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thome research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1473, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Thome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Thome Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Thom, Thomes, Thome, Toms, Tom, Thoms and others.

Early Notables of the Thome family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Thome family to Ireland

Some of the Thome family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Thome migration to the United States +

An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Thome:

Thome Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Durst Thome, aged 57, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Hance Jacob Thome, aged 29, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Martain Thome, aged 32, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Anna Maria Thome, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Philip Thome, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Thome Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Thome, who arrived in America in 1851 [1]
  • Melchior Thome, who arrived in America in 1853 [1]
  • Felix Thome, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1883 [1]
  • Florean Thome, who landed in Iowa in 1885 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Thome (post 1700) +

  • Diane Thome (b. 1942), American composer
  • Joel Thome, American Grammy Award winning conductor and artistic director of Orchestra of Our Time
  • Andrea Thome, American-born, Chilean and Costa Rican playwright
  • John Macon Thome (1843-1908), American-born, Argentine astronomer
  • James Howard "Jim" Thome (b. 1970), former American Major League Baseball player who played 22 seasons, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018
  • Sanford H. Thome, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1908 [2]
  • John M. Thome, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cordoba, 1877-1903; U.S. Consular Agent in Cordoba, 1905 [2]
  • Frank L. Thome, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Clinton County, 1938 [2]
  • Otto Wilhelm Thomé (1840-1925), German botanist and botanical artist from Cologne
  • Professor Johannes Thome M.D.Ph.D.,, German Director and Chair of the Clinic and Policlinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Rostock University, Germany
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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