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Thomas

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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 6,119 34 6,085 #10 boy name
1913 7,133 36 7,097 #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 13,500 66 13,434 #10 boy name
1920 15,020 82 14,938 #11 boy name
1921 15,385 76 15,309 #11 boy name
1922 15,335 67 15,268 #11 boy name
1923 15,951 66 15,885 #12 boy name
1924 16,641 85 16,556 #11 boy name
1925 16,763 78 16,685 #11 boy name
1926 16,712 111 16,601 #11 boy name
1927 17,134 116 17,018 #11 boy name
1928 16,722 142 16,580 #11 boy name
1929 16,388 121 16,267 #11 boy name
1930 17,145 128 17,017 #11 boy name
1931 16,929 89 16,840 #10 boy name
1932 16,921 92 16,829 #10 boy name
1933 16,597 96 16,501 #10 boy name
1934 17,429 62 17,367 #9 boy name
1935 17,749 72 17,677 #9 boy name
1936 18,416 76 18,340 #8 boy name
1937 19,840 66 19,774 #9 boy name
1938 21,451 76 21,375 #9 boy name
1939 22,199 74 22,125 #9 boy name
1940 24,071 86 23,985 #8 boy name
1941 26,715 75 26,640 #8 boy name
1942 31,205 103 31,102 #8 boy name
1943 32,955 91 32,864 #8 boy name
1944 31,697 100 31,597 #8 boy name
1945 31,982 100 31,882 #8 boy name
1946 38,976 109 38,867 #8 boy name
1947 44,934 103 44,831 #8 boy name
1948 43,881 95 43,786 #8 boy name
1949 45,305 100 45,205 #8 boy name
1950 45,718 83 45,635 #8 boy name
1951 48,337 91 48,246 #8 boy name
1952 48,696 78 48,618 #8 boy name
1953 47,091 100 46,991 #8 boy name
1954 47,215 80 47,135 #8 boy name
1955 45,882 72 45,810 #8 boy name
1956 44,908 103 44,805 #9 boy name
1957 44,688 110 44,578 #9 boy name
1958 42,184 117 42,067 #9 boy name
1959 40,410 126 40,284 #9 boy name
1960 39,413 120 39,293 #9 boy name
1961 37,658 110 37,548 #9 boy name
1962 36,644 113 36,531 #9 boy name
1963 35,646 136 35,510 #9 boy name
1964 34,580 113 34,467 #9 boy name
1965 31,747 112 31,635 #9 boy name
1966 29,134 118 29,016 #10 boy name
1967 28,422 138 28,284 #12 boy name
1968 27,578 122 27,456 #12 boy name
1969 27,594 103 27,491 #13 boy name
1970 26,819 132 26,687 #17 boy name
1971 23,298 131 23,167 #17 boy name
1972 19,671 96 19,575 #20 boy name
1973 18,041 101 17,940 #19 boy name
1974 17,381 93 17,288 #20 boy name
1975 16,645 86 16,559 #20 boy name
1976 16,222 101 16,121 #23 boy name
1977 16,720 123 16,597 #22 boy name
1978 16,623 131 16,492 #23 boy name
1979 16,597 122 16,475 #26 boy name
1980 17,676 111 17,565 #25 boy name
1981 17,271 110 17,161 #26 boy name
1982 17,689 110 17,579 #23 boy name
1983 17,709 147 17,562 #24 boy name
1984 17,706 118 17,588 #25 boy name
1985 17,708 113 17,595 #25 boy name
1986 17,474 128 17,346 #26 boy name
1987 18,247 125 18,122 #24 boy name
1988 18,912 117 18,795 #23 boy name
1989 18,500 70 18,430 #23 boy name
1990 18,258 44 18,214 #26 boy name
1991 16,824 41 16,783 #28 boy name
1992 15,317 35 15,282 #27 boy name
1993 14,887 29 14,858 #27 boy name
1994 14,924 21 14,903 #27 boy name
1995 14,189 30 14,159 #27 boy name
1996 13,830 31 13,799 #28 boy name
1997 12,913 19 12,894 #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 10,946 16 10,930 #36 boy name
2004 10,535 39 10,496 #37 boy name
2005 10,045 10 10,035 #40 boy name
2006 9,522 17 9,505 #51 boy name
2007 8,932 8 8,924 #52 boy name
2008 8,353 0 8,353 #52 boy name
2009 7,729 13 7,716 #57 boy name
2010 7,126 11 7,115 #62 boy name
2011 6,914 10 6,904 #63 boy name
2012 6,840 10 6,830 #63 boy name
2013 6,773 8 6,765 #61 boy name
2014 7,007 5 7,002 #54 boy name
2015 7,133 10 7,123 #51 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Thomas

  • How many people with the first name Thomas have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,298,810 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 48,618 babies. That's a lot of babies named Thomas!
  • Random Thomas Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thomas ranks 26th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 147 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1982.
  • 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 Hosmta. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Thomas" mean? The list below shows the origins of Thomas as well as things modernly associated with the name Thomas such as celebrities named Thomas.

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Thomas

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  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 With the Name Thomas

Tom Cruise

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

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

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

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

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

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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  • Tom Selleck
    (actor)
  • Tom Ford
    (fashion designer)
  • Tom Holland
    (actor)
  • Tom DeLonge
    (important somebody)
  • Thomas Henry Huxley
    (scientist)
  • Tom Felton
    (actor)
  • Jack Black
    (actor)
  • Mark Harmon
    (important individual)
  • Grant Gustin
    (actor)
  • Tom Ellis
    (leading person)
  • Tom Waits
    (musician)
  • Sir Tom Jones
    (musician)
  • Thomas Hobbes
    (philosopher)
  • T. S. Eliot
    (writer)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thomas

Clarence 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

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

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

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

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

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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What does the name Thomas mean?

Tis for talent, hidden or not.

His for hand, that you always give.

Ois for orderly, a lifelong passion.

Mis for mild, your mild and gentle way.

Ais for angelic, a truly pure heart

Sis for serene, your calm time.

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Sources: 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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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