Tomly is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the personal name
Thomas. Tomly 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 Tomly family
The surname Tomly was first found in Durham
where they were Lords of the manor of Gateshead from ancient times.
Early History of the Tomly family
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Tomly Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Tomly has been recorded under many different variations, including Tomlinson, Thomlinson and others.
Early Notables of the Tomly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tomly family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Tomly or a variant listed above: 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.