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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.

Thome Early Origins



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.

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Thome Spelling Variations


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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.

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Thome Early History


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Thome Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thome research. Another 172 words (12 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.

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Thome Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thome Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Thome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thome In Ireland


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Thome In Ireland



Some of the Thome family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 171 words (12 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Hance Jacob Thome, aged 29, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Martain Thome, aged 32, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Anna Maria Thome, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Philip Thome, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (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
  • Melchior Thome, who arrived in America in 1853
  • Felix Thome, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1883
  • Florean Thome, who landed in Iowa in 1885

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thome (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thome (post 1700)



  • Sanford H. Thome, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1908
  • John M. Thome, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cordoba, 1877-1903; U.S. Consular Agent in Cordoba, 1905
  • Frank L. Thome, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Clinton County, 1938

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Thome Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thome 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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