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About the study
My interest in the Thomerson name came about when my mother related a much-repeated assertion from her mother that if she were ever to meet another Thomerson, then that person would be related to her in some way. My mother continues the story with a description of the time that she met an airman named Thomerson in East Africa towards the end of World War 2. She was a nurse and treated him for a few days for burns received when his plane crashed. She remembers writing a letter for him to send to his mother, his hands being badly burnt. What she never found out was whether or not that airman was related to her. In 1990, this was the question that challenged me.
I was able to find that airman, living in Canada. He was related to my mother - they were fourth cousins - and was able to meet my mother again when he next visited the UK. Unfortunately, he didn't remember my mother at all!
I am very happy to receive enquiries from anybody about the Thomerson name and it is my intention to respond in under a week (usually 1 or 2 days) with the only exception being when I am on holiday. Please e-mail me or contact me via ordinary mail.
Also, in the USA, there seems to be a clustering of the name in Kentucky and Texas with some occurrences in Indiana and North Carolina; it is probable that the name started there independently from the UK and further research is on-going. Any offers of help gratefully received.
Thomerson probably came about as 'Thomason' pronounced with a regional accent and recorded by someone who was not a native to that accent.
Thomason almost certainly means 'son of Thomas'.
There is a belief that 'Thomas' comes from the Aramaic (one of the Semitic languages) term for 'twin.'
History of the name
Tim Thomerson is a current USA actor of moderate fame (see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0859772/) who has appeared in several films and TV programmes including 'Baywatch', 'Ally McBeal' and 'Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.'
Carol Thomerson is well know for her upholstery books as any internet search will identify.
Jamie E. Thomerson is professor of biology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (USA). He has published numerous articles on neotropical freshwater fishes.
Several Thomersons in the UK have been builders and were responsible for building a large number of houses in Hackney and Bethnal Green. Others were architects, cabinet makers and zinc workers to mention a few.
1841 - 50 persons
1851 - 38
1861 - 53
1871 - 112
1881 - 53
1891 - 67
1901 - 97
1911 - 110
in the USA census as follows:
1830 - 11
1840 - 19
1860 - 188
1870 - 119
1880 - 262
1900 - 418
1930 - 369
Distribution of the name
In the UK, the Electoral Roll shows that the largest grouping of Thomersons remains in the Essex and East London areas with others now living in other parts of the UK including Dorset, Surrey, Kent, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and in Scotland.
In the USA, the telephone directory shows Thomersons living in Kentucky, Texas, Indiana, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, California and North Carolina.
In Canada, telephone directories show Thomersons living in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.