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The roots of the surname Tomas lie in the rugged landscape of Wales. Tomas was a popular Medieval given throughout Europe, coming the popular biblical name. It is ultimately derived from the Aramaic personal name meaning "twin." Prior to the Norman Conquest, this name was rarely found, but by the 13th and 14th centuries, it became extremely common in Britain.

Tomas Early Origins



The surname Tomas was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where the family claims descendance from Owen Glendower, Lord of Glyndwyrdwy, Prince of South Wales.

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Tomas Spelling Variations


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Tomas Spelling Variations



Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Tomas has seen various spelling variations: Thomas, Tomas, MacThomas, FitzThomas, Thomasett and others.

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Tomas Early History


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Tomas Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomas research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1689, 1665, 1683, 1677, 1683, 1683, 1689, 1633, 1677, 1654, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Tomas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tomas Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tomas Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir William Thomas of Folkington; Rt. Rev. William Thomas D.D. (1613-1689), a Welsh Anglican bishop, Dean of Worcester (1665-1683), Bishop of St...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tomas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tomas In Ireland


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Tomas In Ireland



Some of the Tomas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 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



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tomas:

Tomas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Willem Tomas, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johan Tomas, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Mattys Tomas, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Benedt Tomas, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737
  • Benedict Tomas, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tomas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G ines Tomas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • J B Tomas, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • Francisco Tomas, who landed in New Spain in 1838
  • Fermin De Tomas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1845
  • M S Tomas, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tomas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Tomas arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomas (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomas (post 1700)



  • Irene A. Tomas, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1936
  • Tomás Navarro Tomás, Spanish philologist and linguist

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: I dduw bo'r diolch
Motto Translation: To God be thanks.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  11. ...

The Tomas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tomas 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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