When Joseph W . Thompson was born in 1825, in Mississippi, United States, his father, Thomas T. Thompson, was 41 and his mother, Malinda Arnold, was 20. He lived in Monroeton, Monroe, Alabama, United States in 1850 and Cotton Gin Port, Monroe, Mississippi, United States in 1880.
English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name T(h)om(me) (see Thom ) + -son ‘son of Tom’. Thomson is usually the Scottish form, that with the intrusive -p- being English. Both forms are common in Ireland. The surname Thompson is also very common among African Americans.
Americanized form of Danish, Norwegian, and North German Thomsen and of its Swedish cognate Thomsson. Compare Thomson .