Thompson Family History
The family history of the ancient name Thompson was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Thompson is a baptismal name meaning 'son of Thom' a very old personal name. Thomson is a variant. This name is of Celtic origin and is popular throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in the above islands. Examples of such are a Thomas Thomson, and Mawdelen Langson, who were married in Saint James, Clerkenwell, England, in the year 1602 and an Abraham Thome, County Bedfordshire, was recorded in the 'Placita de Quo warranto', in the reign of Edward I. A Robert Thompson and Elline Lettice were married in Saint James, Clerkenwell, in the year 1630. Eborard Thome, County Cambridgeshire, was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. In Ireland Thompson is mostly found in Dublin and in the Ulster counties having been introduced there by settlers from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.The Thompson family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Thompson descendants.