The chronicles of the Thomsoun family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons
of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Thomsoun is derived from the ancient personal name Thomas,
Early Origins of the Thomsoun family
The surname Thomsoun was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where the first listings of the name were found in the early 1300s. They include: John Thomson, "a man of low birth, but approved valour", leader of the men of Carrick in Edward Bruce's war in Ireland
in 1318 and Adam Thomson who was listed as Lord of Kylnekylle, Ayrshire
c. 1370-80. Closing out that century was Johannes filius
Thome who was elected bailie of Aberdeen in 1398.CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Thomsoun family
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Thomsoun Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Thomsoun has been spelled Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M'Comie and others.
Early Notables of the Thomsoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thomsoun family to Ireland
Some of the Thomsoun family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Thomsoun family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Edward Thomson arrived on the "Mayflower" at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620; Andrew Thomson settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1801.