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


Many different spelling variations of the surname Twomy exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were 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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twomy 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 Twomy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Twomy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John and Pat Twomy arrived in Quebec in 1825 later moving to Lindsay in Ontario
  • Dennis Twomy, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork


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

This page was last modified on 8 November 2012 at 11:50.

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