Welcome to the THOMSON One-name study website.
My name is Rod Thompson
This study was started in 2005, as an off-shoot from the 'Thompson' one-name study, and limited at that time to Australia.
The goal is to collect as many occurrence of this name as can be found around the world. With the focus now global, current activities involve sourcing records from multiple countries and recording these in country based databases.
Genealogical research is a 'work in progress', so additions and amendments are ongoing.
According to Wikipedia - Thomson is a Scottish patronymic surname meaning "son of Thom, Thomp, Thompkin, or other diminutive of Thomas", itself derived from Tôm, meaning "twin". The Welsh surname is documented in Cheshire records before and after the 1066 Norman Conquest.
Variations include Thomason, Thomasson, Thomerson, Thomoson, and others. The French surname Thomson is first documented in Burgundy and is the shortened form for Thom[as]son, Thom[es]son. Variations include Thomassin, Thomason, Thommson, Thomesson, Thomeson, and others. Thomson is uncommon as a given name.
Data recorded for an event of an individual is of greatest importance. Only slightly lower in importance ranking, is the source for that data. Errors abound in genealogical records, for a multitude of reasons; so a record of the source of material is important to resolve questions. Many records used are from 'primary sources', such as public records of births, deaths and marriages, as well as burial records. Secondary sources, such as data from other genealogy internet sites has also been used, and where available multiple records from various sources are included. In some cases, this supports or extends original data, while in others discrepancies require further research for resolution.
Publishing this data through the Guild of One-Name Studies allows for ongoing revisions, additions and refinements, while providing a recognised access point to studies of this nature. Of major importance is that the study is preserved.
An order of magnitude investigation suggests a complete database of Thomson's would contain records of about 500,000 people. To achieve the goal of a meaningful one-name study, it will require a team of researchers - their contributions to be recognised through this website.
All generalogical records should be treated with some caution.
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact the Compiler (see below).