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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 Twomey is O Tuama.
The surname Twomey was 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.
Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Twomey family name. Before widespread literacy, a person entrusted the proper documentation of his name to the individual scribe. As a result, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Variations found 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twomey 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 Twomey History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twomey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland
during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Twomey:
Twomey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jeremiah Twomey settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1833
- John Twomey, who arrived in Mississippi in 1841
- William Twomey, who landed in Mississippi in 1847
- Elizabeth, Michael, and Jerry Twomey who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1847
Twomey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Dennis Twomey, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
- John Twomey, aged 36, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
- Eliza Twomey, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
- Honorah Twomey in King's Cove Parish, Newfoundland in 1838
Twomey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Michael Twomey, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
- Johanna Twomey, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
- Timothy Twomey, aged 22, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
- Honorah Twomey, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874
- Denis Twomey, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
- Thomas A. Twomey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1980
- Paul Twomey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 2004; Member, Platform Committee, 2008
- Jeremiah F. Twomey (b. 1874), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 15th District, 1916-18; Member of New York State Senate 10th District, 1919-44
- Hannah Twomey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1996, 2008
- Frederick L. Twomey (d. 1963), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1924
- David F. Twomey, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 79th District, 1966
- Cornelius J. Twomey, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts Governor's Council 5th District; Elected 1948
- Cornelius D. Twomey, American politician, Mayor of New London, Connecticut, 1930, 1935
- Timothy Twomey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1968
- Michael Twomey (b. 1963), American violinist and composer
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 armisMotto Translation:
Waves and strong arms
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The Twomey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Twomey 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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