The origins of the ancient name Tomers 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 Tomers 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suffix -son, which superseded other patronymic suffixes in popularity by the 14th century and was most common in the north of England.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 Tomers family
The surname Tomers 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 Tomers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomers research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 166 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Tomers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tomers 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 Tomers have included Thomason, Thomasson, Thomerson, Thomoson and others.
Early Notables of the Tomers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tomers family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Tomers: 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.