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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.

Thoms Early Origins



The surname Thoms 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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Thoms Spelling Variations


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Thoms 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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Thoms Early History


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Thoms Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thoms research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1433, 1473, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Thoms History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thoms Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thoms Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Thoms In Ireland


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Thoms In Ireland



Some of the Thoms 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 examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Thoms arrived in North America very early:

Thoms Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann and Ralph Thoms settled in Virginia in 1679 and 1698 respectively

Thoms Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • William Thoms settled in Ferryland, Newfoundland in 1675 [1]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

Thoms Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Thoms settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland in 1787 [1]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

Thoms Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Thoms, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"

Thoms Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Thoms landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thoms (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thoms (post 1700)



  • Adah Belle Samuels Thoms (1870-1943), African American who cofounded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses
  • Arthur "Art" William Thoms (b. 1947), American former collegiate and professional NFL football defensive tackle
  • William John Thoms (1803-1885), English antiquary
  • Lothar Thoms (b. 1956), retired track cyclist from East Germany
  • Jim Thoms (b. 1918), Australian rules footballer
  • Laurence Thoms (b. 1980), Fiji Olympic alpine skier
  • George Ronald Thoms OAM (1927-2003), Australian cricketer
  • William "Bill" D. Thoms (1910-1964), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Trev Thoms, British guitarist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Thoms Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thoms 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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