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Tom

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tom

"Tom" is a name 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.
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  1. Male turkey
  2. Male cat
Wiktionary

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 Named Tom

    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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    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 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 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 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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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tom

    Uncle Tom is a fictional character.

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    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 is an astronaut.

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    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 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 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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    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 1,073 14 1,059
    1920 1,222 15 1,207
    1921 1,103 11 1,092
    1922 1,098 13 1,085
    1923 1,144 13 1,131
    1924 1,111 14 1,097
    1925 1,239 20 1,219
    1926 1,260 10 1,250
    1927 1,281 13 1,268
    1928 1,323 17 1,306
    1929 1,285 16 1,269
    1930 1,348 13 1,335
    1931 1,370 8 1,362
    1932 1,551 13 1,538
    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 3,634 10 3,624 #87 boy name
    1947 3,929 11 3,918 #88 boy name
    1948 3,445 13 3,432 #94 boy name
    1949 2,551 9 2,542
    1950 1,834 9 1,825
    1951 1,520 0 1,520
    1952 1,434 0 1,434
    1953 1,381 5 1,376
    1954 1,396 6 1,390
    1955 1,515 6 1,509
    1956 1,925 10 1,915
    1957 3,351 0 3,351
    1958 4,369 6 4,363 #96 boy name
    1959 5,074 12 5,062 #82 boy name
    1960 4,913 11 4,902 #86 boy name
    1961 4,730 10 4,720 #88 boy name
    1962 4,176 7 4,169 #99 boy name
    1963 3,704 6 3,698
    1964 3,302 8 3,294
    1965 2,506 6 2,500
    1966 1,858 7 1,851
    1967 1,498 8 1,490
    1968 1,360 0 1,360
    1969 1,214 0 1,214
    1970 1,128 0 1,128
    1971 870 5 865
    1972 581 0 581
    1973 458 5 453
    1974 422 0 422
    1975 303 0 303
    1976 324 7 317
    1977 286 0 286
    1978 244 0 244
    1979 262 0 262
    1980 237 0 237
    1981 243 0 243
    1982 196 0 196
    1983 199 0 199
    1984 186 0 186
    1985 180 0 180
    1986 188 0 188
    1987 177 0 177
    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 115 0 115
    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 82 0 82
    2014 76 0 76
    2015 68 0 68
    2016 70 0 70

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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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    Fun Facts about the name Tom

    • How Popular is the name Tom? Tom is the 499th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tom was the 3,452nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Tom have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 139,747 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 5,062 babies. That's a lot of babies named Tom!
    • Random Tom Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tom ranks 78th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 42 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1917.
    • 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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    • 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.
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