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Tomesch

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 4:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Tomesch
Does anyone know where the last name Tomesch comes from? I know it is German with the 'sch', but it may have some Czech or Polish origins? Anyone with relatives of the same surname?

Re: Tomesch

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 3:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
I do not think this is German, for one thing it would probably be spelt Thomesch. "sz" in Polish would have roughly the same sound as the German "sch", Tomesz, and Tomec (with a diacritic over the "c") would, I believe, have the same sound in Czech. My personal suggestion is that it is the latter. Where did your ancestors come from and what language did they speak - that would be the clearest indication of nationality.

Re: Tomesch

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 6:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
In the late 1800s and early 1900s My ancestors moved within Germany and Poland and spoke both languages. With so many border changes, I've been trying to figure out where they may have originated. Thanks for the possible spelling variations!

Re: Tomesch

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 10:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
One thing you need to remember is that at that time there was no Poland. It was divided up between the three great empires, German, Russian and Austro-Hungarian. Your ancestors could well have been Polish, speaking Polish but would also speak German because that was the official language and they lived in the part of Poland which was under German jurisdiction. Poles, Ukrainians, Czechs, Slovenes, Croats (and a few others) in the A-H Empire would say they were Polish or whatever, speak Polish or whatever but would say they were, or be described as, "Austrian" on official documents which would be in German because that was also the official language. From what you are saying it would seem to point to "German" Poland. It would be an idea to google up a map of the German Empire and it will be clearer, but I think you really need at least the name of an area to make progress - naturalisation documents should tell you that.

Re: Tomesch

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 7:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

So I have a little more information. The area of Poland I'm looking at is Lodz and the last name was spelled by an ancestor as Tomeś around the early 1900s. The family spoke both Polish and German. German because I believe they identified themselves as such and Polish because that was the main language being spoken around them. What kind of insight does this provide into the origin of the last name?

Natalie
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