Last name: Thomas

Recorded in over two hundred spelling forms ranging from the British Tomas and Thomas, the Italian Tommasi and Toma, the German Thom, Thomas, Thoma, Thumm, and Thome, the Slavonic Tomaschek, the Russian Fominov, the Belorussian Tomich and Khomich, the Swedish Thomasson, and many, many, others, the origin is Aramaic. The translation being 'the twin', as in twin- brother, and it was born by St. Thomas, one of the early Christian disciples. The name was relatively popular throughout the Christian world, but as a priest's name only, in the period before the religious revival and the Crusades to free the Holy Land in the 11th and 12th centuries. Its later popularity throughout Europe from Spain to the Russian Steppes, developed partly as a result of Crusader influence, but more so after the murder of Thomas a 'Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, in England, in 1170. The first examples of the surname recordings taken from authentic rolls and registers of the medieval period include: Richard Thome of York, England, in 1293, Walter Thomas of Warwickshire, in the Hundred Rolls of 1301, and Dieter Thumm of Wolfschlugen, Germany, in 1327. An interesting recording is that of Christopher Thomas, who was one of the earliest emigrants to the New England colonies, when he embarked on the ship 'Plaine Joan' of London, on May 7th 1635, bound for Virginia. This was during the reign of Charles 1st of England, known as 'The martyr'. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is believed to be that of Henneko Thom, given as being a Burger of Hamburg, Germany, in the year 1252. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Cierra Thomas
'welsh"??????

David
As in Lucinda's daughter?!

Robert Thomas
Hi there, Our Thomas Family from Desecendants of Benedict Thomas born about 1592 in Pfullingen, Wurttembourg, Germany and His wife Elisabetha Rigert born about 1596 in Pfullingen, Wurttembourg, Germany as I found end years 1592 from Thomas family but hard to find Benedict's parent (unknown) as find out for me soon. Then Benedict 's 4th Grandson Johann (Johnnes/John) Peter Thomas born 1701 In Pfullingen, Wurttembourg, Germany then Peter Thomas go to London then they get ship from london in Jan 10 1739 over to American in Maryland or Pennsylvania that why.. but I wonder of about Thomas Crests (coat of arms) information? I want like to know If any informatioin about Johann Peter Thomas they call him Peter Thomas as Please information ... Thank You

Wm Thomas
The crest used by most who's family line comes from Wales is the crest of Sir Rhys ap Thomas. However, I am not sure that is correct as there are other families that ended up with the surname, but do not descend from Sir Rhys ap Thomas. The one on this site is more or less his coat of arms. http://www.4crests.com/thcoofar.html Here is what wikipedia shows as his coat of arms: sir rhys ap thomas coat of arms

D.E.Thomas
I'm trying to fing the origin of the last name Thomas so I can find the proper family crest.. From what I can find it originated in Wales.. Does anyone know if this is correct?

M.R.Thomas
I had exactly the same thoughts! My last name originates in Wales

WM,Thomas
Meant for that to say... Did your Thomas family come from any of those places.

WM,Thomas
Most sites recognize Thomas as being a Welsh surname as suggested here by Walker, SWalters and MThomas. MThomas your Thomas family come from any of these: Carmarthenshire, Wales Radnorshire, Wales Carnwyllion, Carmarthenshire, Wales Dynever, Glamorgan, Wales

MThomas
Mine, too. And I could come up with the name of the village that all my Llewellyn Thomas ancestors came from, given enough time. :P

SWalters
My maiden name is Thomas and we are Welsh.

Walker
No mention of the fact that many welshmen are 'Thomases'. they consider Thomas to be a welsh name!