I am a Thames descendent. This name is the original spelling from England. The river 'Thames" is pronounced both "Timms" & Tames. We say Thames as if we are saying "the" Th-ames.
If you live in SC you say "Tames" if you live in Fla you might say "Tames" also. We always said Thames and I am from GA. The name I think was just carried into different spellings by census takers and others. So many were not educated in that time and just did not know. I have found it spelled, Teames, Theames, Tims, Timms, Thomas and Thames. Just depended on the census reporter.
There are many Thames scattered thru out the State of Texas.
Thanks if you would like to reply.
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