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Tom

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 399 0 399 #40 boy name
1881 349 0 349 #43 boy name
1882 390 0 390 #46 boy name
1883 392 6 386 #44 boy name
1884 394 0 394 #47 boy name
1885 361 0 361 #48 boy name
1886 389 6 383 #50 boy name
1887 329 0 329 #52 boy name
1888 416 0 416 #49 boy name
1889 379 0 379 #50 boy name
1890 347 0 347 #57 boy name
1891 318 0 318 #60 boy name
1892 381 0 381 #58 boy name
1893 349 0 349 #60 boy name
1894 343 0 343 #60 boy name
1895 341 6 335 #62 boy name
1896 339 0 339 #62 boy name
1897 298 0 298 #63 boy name
1898 337 0 337 #64 boy name
1899 288 0 288 #66 boy name
1900 469 0 469 #52 boy name
1901 291 0 291 #67 boy name
1902 318 6 312 #75 boy name
1903 295 0 295 #73 boy name
1904 318 0 318 #74 boy name
1905 317 0 317 #77 boy name
1906 304 6 298 #80 boy name
1907 320 7 313 #83 boy name
1908 340 0 340 #80 boy name
1909 340 0 340 #88 boy name
1910 428 0 428 #82 boy name
1911 370 5 365
1912 548 10 538
1913 578 5 573
1914 747 12 735
1915 883 14 869
1916 985 15 970
1917 992 11 981
1918 1,120 16 1,104
1919 1,072 14 1,058
1920 1,222 15 1,207
1921 1,104 11 1,093
1922 1,098 13 1,085
1923 1,143 13 1,130
1924 1,111 14 1,097
1925 1,239 20 1,219
1926 1,259 10 1,249
1927 1,281 13 1,268
1928 1,324 17 1,307
1929 1,285 16 1,269
1930 1,348 13 1,335
1931 1,369 8 1,361
1932 1,552 13 1,539
1933 1,433 10 1,423
1934 1,580 0 1,580
1935 1,737 13 1,724
1936 1,703 8 1,695
1937 1,820 12 1,808
1938 1,945 14 1,931
1939 2,035 8 2,027 #97 boy name
1940 2,295 8 2,287 #92 boy name
1941 2,507 9 2,498 #88 boy name
1942 2,889 13 2,876 #89 boy name
1943 2,917 7 2,910 #87 boy name
1944 2,910 9 2,901 #87 boy name
1945 2,903 10 2,893 #89 boy name
1946 3,635 10 3,625 #87 boy name
1947 3,929 11 3,918 #88 boy name
1948 3,445 13 3,432 #94 boy name
1949 2,552 9 2,543
1950 1,833 9 1,824
1951 1,521 0 1,521
1952 1,432 0 1,432
1953 1,380 5 1,375
1954 1,394 6 1,388
1955 1,515 6 1,509
1956 1,925 10 1,915
1957 3,352 0 3,352
1958 4,370 6 4,364 #96 boy name
1959 5,075 12 5,063 #82 boy name
1960 4,912 11 4,901 #86 boy name
1961 4,731 10 4,721 #88 boy name
1962 4,176 7 4,169 #98 boy name
1963 3,704 6 3,698
1964 3,302 8 3,294
1965 2,506 6 2,500
1966 1,857 7 1,850
1967 1,499 8 1,491
1968 1,360 0 1,360
1969 1,215 0 1,215
1970 1,129 0 1,129
1971 871 5 866
1972 581 0 581
1973 458 5 453
1974 422 0 422
1975 304 0 304
1976 324 7 317
1977 286 0 286
1978 244 0 244
1979 262 0 262
1980 237 0 237
1981 244 0 244
1982 195 0 195
1983 199 0 199
1984 186 0 186
1985 180 0 180
1986 188 0 188
1987 176 0 176
1988 188 0 188
1989 187 0 187
1990 215 0 215
1991 192 0 192
1992 151 0 151
1993 145 0 145
1994 116 0 116
1995 134 0 134
1996 125 0 125
1997 125 0 125
1998 132 0 132
1999 116 0 116
2000 99 0 99
2001 96 0 96
2002 139 0 139
2003 131 0 131
2004 107 0 107
2005 125 0 125
2006 108 0 108
2007 94 0 94
2008 96 0 96
2009 99 0 99
2010 80 0 80
2011 82 0 82
2012 83 0 83
2013 81 0 81
2014 76 0 76
2015 67 0 67

Fun Facts about the name Tom

  • How many people with the first name Tom have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 139,678 babies born with the first name Tom in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tom to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tom? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 399 new born babies.
  • When was Tom first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tom is Sunday, July 10th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Tom born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tom was in 1959 with a total of 5,063 babies. That's a lot of babies named Tom!
  • Random Tom Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tom ranks 51st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 66 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Tom: Your name in reverse order is Mot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mto. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tom? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,350 people with the last name Tom.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tom? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Tom as their last name.
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Popularity of Tom as a first name

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Popularity of Tom as a last name

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Common last names for Tom

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Martin
  • White
  • Lewis
  • Walker
  • Clark
  • Thompson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tom U.S.
  White 19.02% 64.26%
  African American 1.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 52.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 16.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.91% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tom

People with the last name Tom are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Tom

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tom
The knave of trumps at gleek.
noun Tom
Senses
  1. A familiar contraction of Thomas, a proper name of a man.
  2. The male of certain animals; -- often used adjectively or in composition; as, tom turkey, tomcat, etc.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Male turkey
  2. Male cat

Possibly onomatopoeia, conflated with the given name, given the practice of giving objects such as Big Ben human names. Alternatively, it may derive from an inscription on the old bell used as metal to make the Great Tom of Oxford in 1680: In Thomæ laude resono bim bom sine fraude.

  1. A large, deep-toned bell, or a particularly notable example of one. [since 17th century]

    Tom was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Name Tom

    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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    Tom Hardy

    Tom Hardy is an actor, screenwriter, and producer. He has been prominent since 2001. Tom was given the name Edward Thomas Hardy on September 15th, 1977 in Hammersmith, London, England.

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    Tom Brady

    Tom Brady is a football player for the New England Patriots. Tom was born on August 3rd, 1977 in San Mateo, California.

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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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    Tom Selleck

    Tom Selleck is an actor and film producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1969. Tom was given the name Thomas William Selleck on January 29th, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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    • Tom Ford
      (fashion designer)
    • Tom Holland
      (actor)
    • Tom DeLonge
      (important somebody)
    • Tom Felton
      (actor)
    • Tom Ellis
      (leading person)
    • Tom Waits
      (musician)
    • Sir Tom Jones
      (musician)
    • Tom Clancy
      (novelist)
    • Tom Petty
      (musician)
    • Tom Sizemore
      (actor)
    • Tom Price
      (Chairman of the House Budget Committee)
    • Tom Morello
      (musician)
    • Tom Hollander
      (actor)
    • Tom Welling
      (actor)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tom

    Uncle Tom

    Uncle Tom is a fictional character.

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    Lauren Tom

    Lauren Tom is an actress. She was most active from 1978 to present. Lauren was born on August 4th, 1961 in Chicago.

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    Major Tom

    Major Tom is an astronaut.

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    Nicholle Tom

    Nicholle Tom is an actress and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Nicholle was born on March 23rd, 1978 in Hinsdale, Illinois.

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    Heather Tom

    Heather Tom is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Heather was given the name Heather Marie Tom on November 4th, 1975 in Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.

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    Kiana Tom

    Kiana Tom is a personal trainer, fitness professional, entrepreneurship, group fitness instructor, and entrepreneur. Kiana was born on March 14th, 1965 in Maui, Hawaii, USA.

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    What does the name Tom mean?

    Tis for treasure, of your friendship.

    Ois for orderly, a lifelong passion.

    Mis for mighty, your inner strength.

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