The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Tomlay came from the personal name
Thomas. Tomlay is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. This surname came out of the religious given name tradition, and derived from the personal name Thomas,
which means twin.
Thomas was a popular name, owing to its biblical origins.
Early Origins of the Tomlay family
The surname Tomlay was first found in Durham
where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.
Early History of the Tomlay family
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Tomlay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Tomlay family name include Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tomlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tomlay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Tomlay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Tomlinson who settled in Virginia in 1637; along with Joanne, and John; Mathew Tomlinson settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Peter Tomlinson settled in Barbados in 1635.