Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the personal name Thomas. Tomley 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 Tomley family
Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.
Early History of the Tomley family
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Tomley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Tomley have been found, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tomley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tomley family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Tomley, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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.
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