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FAMILY NAME ORIGIN

     The Thomas surname is found throughout the United Kingdom. It is of patronymic origin, being one of those surnames based on the first name of the father.  In this case, it simply means "son of Thomas". The personal name Thomas is, in turn, a biblical name which means "twin" in Aramaic.
     Before the Norman Conquest of 1066, the personal name Thomas was found as a priest's name, but following the Conquest, it became an extremely popular first-name in both England and Wales.
     Although the surname Thomas is found in many countries, it has always been    particularly associated with South Wales.  Hereditary surnames in Wales are a post-sixteenth century development.  It was only in the reign of Henry VIII that surnames began to be hereditary among the gentry of  Wales and the custom spread among the rest of the population.  The normal type of Welsh surname was patronymic, Evans, Williams and Thomas  being amongst the best examples of this.  Within Wales, the personal name Thomas, or as it is generally rendered Tomas, has always been particularly popular, thus it was inevitable that it would be used in the new system of identification.

Descendants of William THOMAS

 

 

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Thomas' Birds of a Feather 2007 Last Modified August 20, 2007