The Celtic origin of the name Tomerlin was long ago developed in Wales
. This surname comes from the names Tam, Thom, and Tom, which are pet forms of the personal name
Thomas. The surname Tomerlin features a double diminutive, formed from the suffixes -el and -in.
Early Origins of the Tomerlin family
The surname Tomerlin 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 they were conjecturally descended from Elystan Glodrydd, Prince of Fferllys, through Thomas of Llyn Madoc. Hence Tomlyn, which in the north of Wales
was commonly replaced by an 'a' hence Tamlyn.
Early History of the Tomerlin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomerlin research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1650, 1621, 1629, 1750, 1828, 1787 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Tomerlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tomerlin Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Tomerlin have included Tamblyn, Taplin, Tapling, Tomblyn, Tomlyn, Tomline and many more.
Early Notables of the Tomerlin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tomerlin family to Ireland
Some of the Tomerlin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tomerlin family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Tomerlin: Henry Tomlin, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; Robert Tomlin arrived in Maryland in 1685; Matthew Tomlin arrived in Virginia in 1636; Sara Thomblin arrived in Virginia in 1650.
The Tomerlin 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: Quondam his vicimus armis
Motto Translation: We formerly conquered with these arms.