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Where did the Irish Toomey family come from? What is the Irish Toomey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Toomey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Toomey family history?

While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Toomey is O Tuama.

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The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Toomey that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Toomie, O'Toomie, Twomey, O'Twomey, Twomy, O'Twomy, Twony, Toomey, O'Toomey, Toomy, O'Toomy, Twomie, O'Twomie, Twome, O'Twome, Toomee, O'Toomee, Tome, O'Tome, Thomey, O'Thomey, Thoume, O'Thoume, Thomey, O'Thomey, Tumey, O'Tumey, Tumee and many more.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. This ancient family name was descended from Tuaim Snama, an eighth century King of Osraigi, and were presumably of Dalcassian origin. They were descended through Mathghamhain, the brother of Brian Boru. Although this tribe of Toomey held a family seat in Cork in the 14th century, they are believed to be descended from the Dal Cais to the north.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toomey research. Another 321 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1478, 1640, 1653, 1730, 1659, 1702, 1706, 1603 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Toomey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toomey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Toomey:

Toomey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James, Daniel, Dennis, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, Timothy, and William Toomey all arrived in Philadelphia between 1834 and 1870
  • Robert Toomey, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860
  • Cornelius Toomey, who arrived in Washington, DC in 1862
  • Thomas Toomey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879
  • Arthur Toomey, aged 21, who settled in America from Cork, in 1893

Toomey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Bridget Toomey, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Limerick, in 1903
  • Anne Toomey, aged 36, who settled in America from Dublin, in 1904
  • Bridget Toomey, aged 23, who landed in America from Longford, in 1906
  • Alicia Toomey, aged 28, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Toomey, aged 59, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1909


Toomey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Toomey, aged 20, landed in Red River, Canada in 1811
  • Mary Toomey, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale
  • Mary Toomey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1836

Toomey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Toomey, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Toomey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Toomey, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878

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  • Patrick Joseph "Pat" Toomey (b. 1961), United States politician
  • John Regis Toomey (1898-1991), American film and television actor
  • Jenny Toomey (b. 1968), American indie rock musician and arts activist
  • Bill Toomey (b. 1939), American Olympic track and field athlete
  • Jim Toomey (b. 1960), American syndicated cartoonist (Sherman’s Lagoon)
  • Pat Toomey (b. 1961), American politician, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania 1999 to 2005
  • Sean Toomey (b. 1979), American professional ice hockey player
  • Miss Ellen Mary Toomey, aged 48, American Second Class passenger from Indianapolis, Indiana who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9
  • Robyn Michelle Toomey (b. 1964), New Zealand former field hockey player


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  • The Ancestry & Descendants of John Cowart, 1816-1882 by Kyser Cowart Ptomey.
  • The Ptomey Family of Alabama and the Allied Families of Blakenship, Melton, Kyser, and Cowart by Kyser Cowart Ptomey.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortis undis et armis
Motto Translation: Waves and strong arms

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The Toomey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Toomey 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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