The ancient roots of the Thomke family are found in the German state of Bavaria
. Thomke was a local
name, for someone who lived in Bavaria.
Early Origins of the Thomke family
The surname Thomke 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.
Early History of the Thomke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thomke 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 Thomke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thomke 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 Thomke include Thoma, Thoman, Thom, Thoms, Toma, Thomas, Tomas, Thomasius, Thoeman, Thome, Thomen, Thomme, Thomm, Demel, Dehmel and many more.
Early Notables of the Thomke family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Thomke 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 Thomke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thomke family to the New World and Oceana
German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant
farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Thomke surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Matheus Thomas, who sailed for America in 1709 with his wife and daughters. Heinrich Thomas also came in 1709; settling in Carolina of Pennsylvania. Johann Philip Thoma came to Philadelphia in 1764.