Last name: Thomson
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There is cause to believe the allegedly "anglicised" spelling of the surname has it's roots in Northumberland where the spelling is most common. Those of you who would consider it "English" would do well to consider it was mention in the "rolls" (we would call the census) of the early 1600's. In which the "Thompsons" (note the use of the p) were described as "a most troublesome, and unruly family of malcontents", our origins apparently being in Dumfries & Galloway. Our surname is one of the most cool on, and undoubtedly has Nordic origins (given most of Northern Britain and Ireland were occupied by them, in fact Bamburgh in Northumberland is recognised as the seat of the first "King Of The Britons" in Nordic history). Whatever your spelling, whatever your origins (I personally consider the name to be a mix of Scots/Irish/English origin from my own research), enjoy it, be proud of it, but most importantly be proud of whom you are and your right to continue it! "lest thou knowst thyself!"
Coming from Dumfries i can relate too the "a most troublesome, and unruly family of malcontents" lol sounds a lot like me.
Nicholas de Vere (An Mhaior)
Thompson is the Anglicised variant of the Scotic Mac Tamhais pronounced Mac Tavish in the Gaelic.
We Thomsons are, indeed, maligned by those who insist in inserting a ", although it matters only on official documents and historical references. The famous "Thompson's Gazelle" in Southern Africa was, in fact, named after an explorer named Thomson. As a point of interest, not commonly known, a signatory to the US Declaration of Independence was the Secretary of the Continental congress - Charles Thomson.
P J Thomson
I am a "dry" Thomson (no pee in it) family joke! But we have origins from Norway and Scotland. I believe ours is the Scottish line though. Proud of being a Thomson.
Mr. Thomson P T
i liked this name thomson very much..............
A few years ago, whilst talking with a Thompson (with a "P") he told me of a story relating to the Thomsons who supported the armies a Bonnie Prince Charlie had the "P" added to their surnames to show their support. I find this a little strange as Bonnie Prince Charlie was Catholic and the "P" possibly signified protestant. Incidently whilst I'm English from Barrow-in-Furness I know I have distant relatives in the Greenock area of Renfrewshire, Scotland
When I have antibiotics it aggravates me when my last name is spelt Thompson
I find it disappointing that the article neglected to mention that the predominant Scottish form of the name is simply an Anglicization of the Gaelic surname, MacTamhais (MacTavish) found in Knapdale in western Argyleshire. MacTavish is, of course, Gaelic for "son of Thomas." The Germanic/Scandanavian roots of the "son" suffix more probably lay in the relationship with the Anglo-Saxons and Danish Normans of England than the Vikings themselves. There is no question that the Vikings had an influence in Scotland, but not as great an effect as the English colonization of Scotland through the 12th and 13th centuries. Germanic speaking populations tend to use the suffix "sen" and not "son". "Son" is an English format.
In the Edgeworth papers ref.M1502: the 1726 Church of Ireland (England) Census the name Thomson is found. In later records it has been anglicized to Thompson. Local research appears to indicate it has arrived in Longford and Leitrim from the James I Scottish Ulster Plantation (1607). Some associate one of its origins is Aberdeenshire.
hi! my name is Barbara Thomson and I am from Chile, no many people here has that surname and i wanted to know where it ome from. if someone has more information or something please please contact me by email B.
Neil E. Thomson
My Great Uncle Duncan John Thompson settled in South America; do you know your family history?
Mark Ian Thomson
Hi my name is Mark Thomson and i am quite proud of the fact that my surname does not have the P, although it always creates problems when giving my name over the phone when booking hotel rooms etc. I have always wanted to express this but either noone cares or people have a life and its unimportant to them. My families origins are apparently from Dundee. Mark, London
ive also herd that thomson was generated from a son of thom.. as in.. david is thom's son.. david thomson.. ??