Thompson

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  1. English physicist (born in America) who studied heat and friction; experiments convinced him that heat is caused by moving particles (1753-1814)
  2. United States classical archaeologist (born in Canada) noted for leading the excavation of the Athenian agora (1906-2000)
Wiktionary

Variant of Thomson, from Tom +‎ -son, originally meaning "son of Thomas". Also an anglicisation of the Gaelic name MacTamhais, meaning "son of Thomas". Many with the name MacTavish changed their name to Thomson and Thompson after Culloden.

  1. A British surname​.
  2. A village in Bulgaria
  3. A town in Connecticut
  4. A city in Iowa
  5. A city in Manitoba
  6. A town in New York
  7. A city in North Dakota
  8. A borough in Pennsylvania

Notable Persons Named Thompson

Thompson Oliha was a soccer player for the Bendel Insurance F.C., Heartland F.C., Africa Sports d'Abidjan, Maccabi Ironi Ashdod F.C., Antalyaspor, and Nigeria national football team. Thompson was born on October 4th, 1968 in Benin City. He died on June 30th, 2013.

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His military service ended in 1915. Thompson was born on October 20th, 1863 in Lucknow. He passed away on September 27th, 1915.

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Thompson Usiyan is a soccer player for the Appalachian State Mountaineers men's soccer, Montreal Manic, Tulsa Roughnecks (1978–84), Oklahoma City Slickers, Minnesota Strikers, Tulsa Tornados, Los Angeles Lazers, Maryland Bays, St. Louis Storm, Hamilton Steelers (1986–92), and San Diego Sockers (1978–9. Thompson was born on April 27th, 1956 in Effurun, Nigeria.

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Thompson was born on March 29th, 1838 in Hampden, Maine. He breathed his last breath on December 15th, 1886.

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Thompson was born on December 1st, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Thompson

Hunter Thompson was a gonzo journalism writer. Hunter was given the name Hunter Frederic Thompson on July 18th, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. He passed away on February 20th, 2005.

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Emma Thompson is an actress, comedian, screenwriter, author, and activist. Her ongoing career started in 1982. Emma was born as the child of Eric Thompson and Phyllida Law on April 15th, 1959 in Paddington, London, U.K.

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Tessa Thompson is an actress and musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2002. Tessa was given the name Tessa Lynne Thompson on October 3rd, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Klay Thompson is a basketball player for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association. He has had major accomplishments since 2011. Klay was born on February 8th, 1990 in Los Angeles.

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Stephen was born on February 11th, 1983 in Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States.

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She has been prominent since 1982. Lea was given the name Lea Katherine Thompson on May 31st, 1961 in Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 0 5
1887 8 0 8
1891 8 0 8
1894 5 0 5
1895 8 0 8
1896 7 0 7
1898 5 0 5
1899 6 0 6
1902 6 0 6
1905 5 0 5
1907 8 0 8
1909 5 0 5
1910 10 0 10
1911 6 0 6
1912 13 0 13
1913 8 0 8
1914 14 0 14
1915 26 0 26
1916 26 0 26
1917 17 0 17
1918 32 0 32
1919 16 0 16
1920 29 0 29
1921 19 0 19
1922 19 0 19
1923 18 0 18
1924 28 0 28
1925 19 0 19
1926 22 0 22
1927 15 0 15
1928 17 0 17
1929 21 0 21
1930 24 0 24
1931 11 0 11
1932 13 0 13
1933 18 0 18
1934 17 0 17
1935 9 0 9
1936 14 0 14
1937 17 0 17
1938 16 0 16
1939 19 0 19
1940 19 0 19
1941 22 0 22
1942 23 0 23
1943 16 0 16
1944 22 0 22
1945 18 0 18
1946 18 0 18
1947 16 0 16
1948 28 0 28
1949 23 0 23
1950 22 0 22
1951 30 0 30
1952 22 0 22
1953 14 0 14
1954 16 0 16
1955 17 0 17
1956 20 0 20
1957 19 0 19
1958 21 0 21
1959 16 0 16
1960 14 0 14
1961 18 0 18
1962 12 0 12
1963 12 0 12
1964 19 0 19
1965 16 0 16
1966 8 0 8
1967 13 0 13
1968 12 0 12
1969 12 0 12
1970 12 0 12
1971 7 0 7
1972 10 0 10
1973 15 0 15
1974 7 0 7
1975 13 0 13
1976 15 0 15
1977 11 0 11
1978 10 0 10
1979 19 0 19
1980 16 0 16
1981 5 0 5
1982 18 0 18
1983 12 0 12
1984 13 0 13
1985 6 0 6
1986 21 0 21
1987 15 0 15
1988 22 0 22
1989 33 0 33
1990 26 0 26
1991 21 0 21
1992 15 0 15
1993 32 0 32
1994 25 0 25
1995 19 0 19
1996 19 0 19
1997 26 0 26
1998 24 0 24
1999 33 0 33
2000 29 0 29
2001 23 0 23
2002 13 0 13
2003 31 0 31
2004 38 0 38
2005 29 0 29
2006 27 0 27
2007 37 0 37
2008 31 0 31
2009 32 0 32
2010 38 0 38
2011 26 0 26
2012 36 0 36
2013 33 0 33
2014 37 0 37
2015 56 0 56
2016 51 0 51
2017 59 5 54

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Popularity of Thompson as a first name

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Common last names for Thompson

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Hall
  • Harris
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thompson U.S.
  White 69.78% 64.26%
  African American 23.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.22% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thompson

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

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Fun Facts about the name Thompson

  • How Popular is the name Thompson? Thompson is the 6,196th most popular name of all time. As a last name Thompson was the 23rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thompson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,293 babies born with the first name Thompson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thompson to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thompson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Thompson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thompson is Saturday, October 23rd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Thompson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thompson was in 2015 with a total of 56 babies.
  • Random Thompson Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thompson is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Thompson: Your name in reverse order is Nospmoht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Omtophsn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thompson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 664,644 people with the last name Thompson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thompson? Thompson was ranked as the 23rd 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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