Thomas

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Thomas

"Thomas" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "A Twin". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. The Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes
  2. Welsh poet (1914-1953)
  3. A radio broadcast journalist during World War I and World War II noted for his nightly new broadcast (1892-1981)
  4. United States socialist who was a candidate for president six times (1884-1968)
  5. United States clockmaker who introduced mass production (1785-1859)
Wiktionary

From Latin Thōmās (as in the Vulgate), from Ancient Greek Θωμᾶς (Thōmâs), the Biblical Greek transcription of Aramaic תאומא or תאמא (“twin”), the nickname of one of the Twelve Apostles. In the gospel of John (11:16, 20:24), the Aramaic nickname is also translated into Greek, as δίδυμος (dídumos). Use as a given name since the Middle Ages, e.g. Thomas the Presbyter (7th century), Thomas the Slav (8th century), Thomas of Bayeux (died 1100).

  1. An Apostle, best remembered for doubting the resurrection of Jesus.
  2. A male given name of biblical origin, popular since the 13th century.
  3. A common patronymic surname​.
  4. A city in Oklahoma
  5. A city in West Virginia
  6. (derogatory, Christianity) An infidel (in reference to the doubting Apostle).

Thomas was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, French, German, Latin, Norman, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Thomas

Tom Cruise is an actor and filmmaker. His most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to present. Tom was given the name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3rd, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, United States.

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Tom Hanks is an actor and filmmaker. He has been prominent since 1978. Tom was given the name Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9th, 1956 in Concord, California, U.S.

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Thomas Jefferson was a Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from Virginia, Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Virginia, 3rd President of the United States, 2nd Vice President of the United States, 1st United States Secretary of State, Delegate to th. Thomas was born on April 13th, 1743 in Shadwell (Virginia). He passed away on July 4th, 1826.

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Thomas Edison was an inventor, businessman, invention, and businessperson. He holds the title Mary Had a Little Lamb. Thomas was given the name Thomas Alva Edison on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He left this life on October 18th, 1931.

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Tom Hiddleston is an actor. He has been prominent since 2001. Tom was given the name Thomas William Hiddleston on February 9th, 1981 in Westminster.

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Sir Sean Connery is an actor. His career lasted from 1954 to 2012. Sean was given the name Thomas Sean Connery on August 25th, 1930 in Fountainbridge.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Thomas

Clarence Thomas is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Dist. Clarence was born on June 23rd, 1948 in Pin Point, Georgia.

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Isaiah Thomas is a basketball player for the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. He has had major accomplishments since 2011. Isaiah was born on February 7th, 1989 in Tacoma, Washington.

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Isiah Thomas is a basketball player for the Detroit Pistons. He was most prominent from 1981 to 1994. Isiah was born on April 30th, 1961 in Chicago.

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas is an actor, voice actor, director, and voice acting. He has been prominent since 1987. Jonathan was given the name Jonathan Taylor Weiss on September 8th, 1981 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Richard Thomas is an actor. He was most active from 1958 to present. Richard was given the name Richard Earl Thomas on June 13th, 1951 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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Dame Kristin Scott Thomas is an actress. She was most active from 1984 to present. Dame was given the name Kristin Ann Scott Thomas on May 24th, 1960 in Redruth.

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How popular is the baby name Thomas in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 2,542 8 2,534 #8 boy name
1881 2,293 11 2,282 #9 boy name
1882 2,622 12 2,610 #8 boy name
1883 2,316 0 2,316 #10 boy name
1884 2,582 10 2,572 #8 boy name
1885 2,275 9 2,266 #10 boy name
1886 2,345 8 2,337 #10 boy name
1887 2,158 7 2,151 #9 boy name
1888 2,463 14 2,449 #12 boy name
1889 2,245 12 2,233 #12 boy name
1890 2,209 9 2,200 #12 boy name
1891 1,995 13 1,982 #12 boy name
1892 2,429 16 2,413 #12 boy name
1893 2,173 16 2,157 #12 boy name
1894 2,179 9 2,170 #12 boy name
1895 2,167 14 2,153 #11 boy name
1896 2,099 11 2,088 #12 boy name
1897 1,996 16 1,980 #11 boy name
1898 2,172 11 2,161 #10 boy name
1899 1,819 8 1,811 #11 boy name
1900 2,573 16 2,557 #11 boy name
1901 1,832 12 1,820 #11 boy name
1902 2,150 16 2,134 #11 boy name
1903 1,971 9 1,962 #10 boy name
1904 2,073 16 2,057 #11 boy name
1905 2,153 18 2,135 #10 boy name
1906 2,189 13 2,176 #10 boy name
1907 2,187 12 2,175 #11 boy name
1908 2,323 22 2,301 #10 boy name
1909 2,480 12 2,468 #10 boy name
1910 2,869 18 2,851 #12 boy name
1911 3,316 23 3,293 #10 boy name
1912 6,120 34 6,086 #10 boy name
1913 7,132 36 7,096 #10 boy name
1914 8,898 48 8,850 #11 boy name
1915 11,536 46 11,490 #10 boy name
1916 12,047 49 11,998 #10 boy name
1917 12,666 55 12,611 #10 boy name
1918 13,979 69 13,910 #10 boy name
1919 13,499 66 13,433 #10 boy name
1920 15,021 82 14,939 #11 boy name
1921 15,384 76 15,308 #11 boy name
1922 15,332 67 15,265 #11 boy name
1923 15,950 66 15,884 #12 boy name
1924 16,643 85 16,558 #11 boy name
1925 16,766 78 16,688 #11 boy name
1926 16,707 111 16,596 #11 boy name
1927 17,138 116 17,022 #11 boy name
1928 16,720 142 16,578 #11 boy name
1929 16,392 121 16,271 #11 boy name
1930 17,144 128 17,016 #11 boy name
1931 16,932 89 16,843 #10 boy name
1932 16,921 92 16,829 #10 boy name
1933 16,597 96 16,501 #10 boy name
1934 17,428 62 17,366 #9 boy name
1935 17,751 72 17,679 #9 boy name
1936 18,416 76 18,340 #8 boy name
1937 19,838 66 19,772 #9 boy name
1938 21,451 76 21,375 #9 boy name
1939 22,201 74 22,127 #9 boy name
1940 24,073 86 23,987 #8 boy name
1941 26,716 75 26,641 #8 boy name
1942 31,203 103 31,100 #8 boy name
1943 32,954 91 32,863 #8 boy name
1944 31,695 100 31,595 #8 boy name
1945 31,972 100 31,872 #8 boy name
1946 38,974 109 38,865 #8 boy name
1947 44,936 103 44,833 #8 boy name
1948 43,877 95 43,782 #8 boy name
1949 45,308 100 45,208 #8 boy name
1950 45,695 83 45,612 #8 boy name
1951 48,372 91 48,281 #8 boy name
1952 48,699 78 48,621 #8 boy name
1953 47,079 99 46,980 #8 boy name
1954 47,233 78 47,155 #8 boy name
1955 45,885 73 45,812 #8 boy name
1956 44,904 103 44,801 #9 boy name
1957 44,691 110 44,581 #9 boy name
1958 42,184 117 42,067 #9 boy name
1959 40,402 127 40,275 #9 boy name
1960 39,410 120 39,290 #9 boy name
1961 37,659 110 37,549 #9 boy name
1962 36,646 113 36,533 #9 boy name
1963 35,638 136 35,502 #9 boy name
1964 34,578 113 34,465 #9 boy name
1965 31,743 112 31,631 #9 boy name
1966 29,133 118 29,015 #10 boy name
1967 28,415 138 28,277 #12 boy name
1968 27,572 122 27,450 #12 boy name
1969 27,590 103 27,487 #13 boy name
1970 26,816 133 26,683 #17 boy name
1971 23,298 131 23,167 #17 boy name
1972 19,675 96 19,579 #20 boy name
1973 18,038 101 17,937 #19 boy name
1974 17,380 93 17,287 #20 boy name
1975 16,643 86 16,557 #20 boy name
1976 16,224 101 16,123 #23 boy name
1977 16,720 123 16,597 #22 boy name
1978 16,627 131 16,496 #23 boy name
1979 16,594 122 16,472 #26 boy name
1980 17,680 111 17,569 #25 boy name
1981 17,275 110 17,165 #26 boy name
1982 17,690 110 17,580 #23 boy name
1983 17,709 147 17,562 #24 boy name
1984 17,710 118 17,592 #25 boy name
1985 17,715 113 17,602 #25 boy name
1986 17,478 128 17,350 #26 boy name
1987 18,249 125 18,124 #24 boy name
1988 18,912 117 18,795 #23 boy name
1989 18,500 70 18,430 #23 boy name
1990 18,259 44 18,215 #26 boy name
1991 16,823 41 16,782 #28 boy name
1992 15,318 35 15,283 #27 boy name
1993 14,890 29 14,861 #27 boy name
1994 14,925 21 14,904 #27 boy name
1995 14,190 30 14,160 #27 boy name
1996 13,829 31 13,798 #28 boy name
1997 12,914 19 12,895 #31 boy name
1998 12,902 17 12,885 #31 boy name
1999 12,810 19 12,791 #31 boy name
2000 12,661 23 12,638 #33 boy name
2001 12,160 15 12,145 #33 boy name
2002 11,305 14 11,291 #36 boy name
2003 10,947 16 10,931 #36 boy name
2004 10,536 39 10,497 #37 boy name
2005 10,046 10 10,036 #40 boy name
2006 9,524 17 9,507 #51 boy name
2007 8,933 8 8,925 #52 boy name
2008 8,354 0 8,354 #52 boy name
2009 7,730 13 7,717 #57 boy name
2010 7,132 11 7,121 #62 boy name
2011 6,918 10 6,908 #63 boy name
2012 6,843 10 6,833 #63 boy name
2013 6,783 8 6,775 #61 boy name
2014 7,023 6 7,017 #54 boy name
2015 7,169 10 7,159 #51 boy name
2016 7,319 10 7,309 #48 boy name

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Popularity of Thomas as a first name

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Popularity of Thomas as a last name

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Common last names for Thomas

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Murphy
  • Kelly
  • White
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Ryan

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thomas U.S.
  White 52.63% 64.26%
  African American 38.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thomas

People with the last name Thomas are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Thomas

  • How Popular is the name Thomas? Thomas is the 11th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Thomas was the 48th most popular name. As a last name Thomas was the 16th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thomas have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,306,216 babies born with the first name Thomas in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thomas to occupy the country of Lesotho with an estimated population of 2,217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thomas? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 2,542 new born babies.
  • When was Thomas first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thomas is Saturday, July 13th, 1805.
  • What year had the most people named Thomas born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thomas was in 1952 with a total of 48,621 babies. That's a lot of babies named Thomas!
  • Random Thomas Factoid: According to the 1967 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thomas ranks 13th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 867 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 1967.
  • Weird things about the name Thomas: Your name in reverse order is Samoht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hamots. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thomas? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 756,142 people with the last name Thomas.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thomas? Thomas was ranked as the 16th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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