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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 Tomson. It is derived from the ancient personal name Thomas, meaning twin.

Tomson Early Origins



The surname Tomson 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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Tomson Spelling Variations


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Tomson Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Tomson has appeared as Thomson, Tomson, Tamson, Thomsoun, M'Comie and others.

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Tomson Early History


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Tomson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tomson 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 Tomson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tomson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tomson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Tomson In Ireland


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Tomson In Ireland



Some of the Tomson 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



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Tomson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Tomson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Hather Tomson, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Paule Tomson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Tomson, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Anthony Tomson, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Tomson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Tomson, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Tomson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • R. Tomson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tomson (post 1700)



  • W. P. Tomson, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Oklahoma, 1956

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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. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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The Tomson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tomson 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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