The name Toliman is said to be derived from the "Tul" - a type of rush which grows in the lake in the San Lucas area.
Other sources say the origin of the word "Tolimán" is in Nahuatl language: because the troops that came to this area with the Spanish Conquistadores were Mexican Nahuatl speakers. There are two towns in Mexico with Tolimán as part of their name.
First written references to "Tuliman" appeared in 1579.
In 1770, it was listed as an annex to the parish of Santiago, and said to have had a population of 303.