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Where did the Irish Tome family come from? When did the Tome family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tome family history?

While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Tome is O Tuama.


The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Tome that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Toomie, O'Toomie, Twomey, O'Twomey, Twomy, O'Twomy, Twony, Toomey, O'Toomey, Toomy, O'Toomy, Twomie, O'Twomie, Twome, O'Twome, Toomee, O'Toomee, Tome, O'Tome, Thomey, O'Thomey, Thoume, O'Thoume, Thomey, O'Thomey, Tumey, O'Tumey, Tumee and many more.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. This ancient family name was descended from Tuaim Snama, an eighth century King of Osraigi, and were presumably of Dalcassian origin. They were descended through Mathghamhain, the brother of Brian Boru. Although this tribe of Toomey held a family seat in Cork in the 14th century, they are believed to be descended from the Dal Cais to the north.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tome research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1478, 1640, 1653, 1730, 1659, 1702, 1706, 1603 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Tome History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Tome:

Tome Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Tome, who landed in America in 1782

Tome Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pablo Tome, aged 26, landed in Puerto Rico in 1805
  • Jose Tome, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Ramon Tome, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Paulino Tome, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1887


  • Mr. Luigi Tome (1889-1914), American Third Class Passenger from Duluth, Minnesota, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914



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