The origins of the ancient name Tomasson belong to that rich Celtic tradition that comes from Wales
. This surname was derived from the Aramaic personal name
Thomas, which means twin. Prior to the Norman Conquest
, this name was rarely found, but by the 13th and 14th centuries, it became extremely common in Britain. The surname Tomasson features the patronymic
suffix -son, which superseded other patronymic suffixes in popularity by the 14th century and was most common in the north of England.
Early Origins of the Tomasson family
The surname Tomasson was first found in Cheshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Tomasson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomasson research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 166 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Tomasson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tomasson Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Tomasson has occasionally been spelled Thomason, Thomasson, Thomerson, Thomoson and others.
Early Notables of the Tomasson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tomasson family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Tomasson Mr. Thomason who settled in Virginia in 1649; Alex Thomason settled in Virginia in 1740; followed by Moses Thomason in the same year; John Thomason settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1818.