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The age-old tribe of the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name Tomsen. It is derived from the ancient personal name Thomas, meaning twin.

Tomsen Early Origins



The surname Tomsen was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where the first listings of the name were found in the early 1300s. They include: John Thomson, "a man of low birth, but approved valour", leader of the men of Carrick in Edward Bruce's war in Ireland in 1318 and Adam Thomson who was listed as Lord of Kylnekylle, Ayrshire c. 1370-80. Closing out that century was Johannes filius Thome who was elected bailie of Aberdeen in 1398.[1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Tomsen Spelling Variations


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Tomsen Spelling Variations



The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Tomsen has been spelled Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M'Comie and others.

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Tomsen Early History


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Tomsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomsen research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1370, 1461, 1547, 1668, 1700, 1619, 1676, 1799 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Tomsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tomsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tomsen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tomsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tomsen In Ireland


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Tomsen In Ireland



Some of the Tomsen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tomsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Yens M. Tomsen, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomsen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomsen (post 1700)



  • Peter Tomsen (b. 1940), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, 1995-

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
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The Tomsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tomsen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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