The surname Tomiss is derived from a Medieval given name of biblical origin that was popular throughout Europe. In Britain, most instances of the name as a surname came with the Norman invasion
however, it also likely that Tomiss was also created as a surname from pre-Norman English given names.
Early Origins of the Tomiss family
The surname Tomiss was first found in Gloucestershire
, and Hamptonshire where Thomas of Bayeux (1070-1100,) Bishop of Worcester and Archbishop of York, held land as listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086. After the Norman invasion
, Thomas became one of the most popular Christian names, and then in turn as a surname usage began to increase.
Early History of the Tomiss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomiss research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1317, 1261, 1630, 1686, 1660, 1593, 1667, 1627, 1693, 1660, 1643, 1718, 1712, 1718, 1766, 1582 and are included under the topic Early Tomiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tomiss Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Thomas, Tomas, MacThomas, FitzThomas, Thomasett and others.
Early Notables of the Tomiss family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas of Bayeux, the first Norman Archbishop of York; William Thomas (c 1630-1686), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Ludgershall in 1660; William Thomas (1593-1667), Rector of Ubley; and his son, Samuel Thomas (1627-1693), an English nonjuring... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tomiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tomiss family to Ireland
Some of the Tomiss family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 177 words (13 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 Tomiss family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joe, John, Robert, and Nathaniel Thomas, who all settled in Virginia in 1621; as did Christopher Thomas in 1635 and Evan Thomas in 1653; Bary Thomas, who left Bristol for America between the years 1654-1679.