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Our 2,743 members have registered
2,395 study surnames with us
and a further 6,089 variant names.

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About the study

Home for me is Melbourne, Australia.  Work on this One-name Study started in 2005, as an off-shoot of work on the Thompson One-name Study.  The study name was registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies in March-2017.

Variant names

Australian records for Thompson and Thomson are intertwined.

There are a considerable number of variants of each.  Some of the variants for Thomson include: Thomason, Thomasson, Thomerson, Thomoson.

Name origin

The Thomson name is of Scottish and English origin.  The meaning is "son of Thom."

Distribution of the name

Everyone will be aware of the extensive use of the Thomson name.

Brief search shows the name in records throughout Europe, in North America, The Caribbean, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand with a few in Asia.  No doubt this is the consequence of people movements throughout the British Empire, as it was.

The task ahead to globalise the study is large, so I am looking to establish a team to further this study.


To the present time, research, data collection and database building has predominantly been focussed on Australia, while a little work has been done on other countries.  Effort is now being applied to those other countries; while work continues to refine, and extend data for Australia.

The 'Thomson' study website can be found at