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Tompkins Family HistoryRecorded in many spellings including Tomkin, Tompkin, Tompkins, Thomkins and Thompkins, this long-established surname is early medieval English. It is a patronymic form of Thomas, from the nickname Tom, and the added diminutive suffix "- kin", meaning near relative, plus the suffix "-s", itself a short form of "son". Thomas is ultimately of biblical origin, deriving from an aramaic byname meaning "twin", and was borne by one of Christ's disciples, best known for his scepticism about Christ's resurrection.
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