Recorded in many forms – but mostly either “Twomey” or “Toomey“. It is from the Irish O’Tuama (phonetically pronounced “Oh Too-a-ma” and is from the originally first name of Tuama. This original personal name came from the word ‘tuaim’, meaning a small mountain’.
The O’Twomeys were from the sept of the Dal gCais originally (kin of the the O’Briens and several other Dal gCais families) – but moved to Counties Limerick and Counties Cork and Kerry over the centuries. The anglicised name Twomey is now always associated with County Cork and in Limerick it is generally spelt “Toomey“.
The picture here is from the shop front of Edward Twomey in Clonakilty in West Cork – home of the famous Clonakilty Black Pudding!
Hi!!! My great-grandparents came to the USA in the late 1910’s/early 1920’s. They did not meet until they came here. My granny never seemed to want to share much of what she knew of their lives in Ireland. Anyway, my great- grandmother’s name was Ellen Twomey, and she came over on the White Star line. My great-grandfather’s surname was Brady. I remember being old that he came to the US because the IRA was trying to recruit him and his brothers, or the IRA was looking for them for some reason. Sorry….I would like to know about the Twomey surname. I thought it was spelt Toomey, but my Granny said it was Twomey. Sadly, I can’t verify because she died in 2012. Thank you so much!!!
Kim Douglas Watkins
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