Walter Wann Thomas

Brief Life History of Walter Wann

When Walter Wann Thomas was born on 18 July 1873, in Marshall, Alabama, United States, his father, Robert Jiles Thomas, was 22 and his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher, was 21. He died on 4 June 1874, in his hometown, at the age of 0, and was buried in Woodville, Jackson, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Jiles Thomas
1850–1918
Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher
1852–1900
William Thomas
1872–1872
Walter Wann Thomas
1873–1874
Oscar Thomas
1876–1935
Dea Theodore Thomas
1876–1917
Dora B Thomas
1878–1951
Eunice Robert Thomas
1880–1900
Ernest Daniel Thomas
1882–1953
Jordan Thomas
1884–1885
Lester Thomas
1886–1889
Viola Vesta Thomas
1888–1924
Lola Thomas
1890–1962

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  • Walter Wann Thomas, "Find A Grave Index"

Name Meaning

English, French, Walloon, Breton, German, Dutch, Flemish, Danish, Greek, West Indian (mainly Haiti and Jamaica), and African (mainly Tanzania and Nigeria): from the personal name Thomas, of Biblical (New Testament) origin, from Aramaic t’ōm’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, known for his scepticism about Christ's resurrection (John 20:24–29). The Th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain, the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates from other languages (e.g. Assyrian/Chaldean or Arabic Toma and Tuma , Albanian Toma and Thoma , and Slavic surnames listed in 3 below), and their patronymics and other derivatives (e.g. Polish Tomaszewski and Slovenian Tomažič; see Tomazic ). In France, this surname is most common in the Vosges and Brittany. The name Thomas is also found among Christians in southern India (compare Machan , Mammen , and Oommen ), but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames, the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. This surname is also very common among African Americans.

Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Thomas (see 1 above) as a surname.

Germanized or Americanized form of Polish Tomas , Tomasz, and Tomaś, Sorbian Tomaš (see also 4 below), Croatian Tomaš and Tomas , Slovenian Tomaš and Tomaž, Czech and Slovak Tomáš, all meaning ‘Thomas’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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