What does the name Thomas mean?The meaning of the name “Thomas” is:
This is a male name and it is pronounced as /TOM-uhs/. It means “a twin.” It was derived from the Aramaic “Ta’oma,” meaning “twin.” It became a popular name for non-twins through the disciple Thomas, whose skepticism about the resurrection of Jesus gave birth to the phrase “doubting Thomas.” More religious figures, like Saint Thomas Becket or Thomas Aquinas, gave the name a boost in popularity in the Middle Ages.
The nicknames that are given to people who go by this name are: Tom
and Tommie. A variations of this name is Tomas
. The feminine forms of this name are: Thomasina
The name Thomas is spelt differently in different parts of the world. In Bulgarian it is spelt as Toma
, in Finnish it is spelt as Tuomas, in Hungarian as Tomi, Tomas
in French, Tomé in Portuguese in , Foma
in Russian, Tavish
in Scottish and Tomás
As of 2014, Thomas is the 54th
most popular name in the United States. In Canada, it ranks number 14, and number 11 in the United Kingdom. Most of the famous people who are known by this name are: Thomas Edison who is an American inventor, Thomas Jefferson who is an American president, Thomas Cromwell who is an English statesman and advisor to Henry VIII, Tommy Pickles who is a protagonist of Rugrats,
Thomas “Tommy” Hilfiger who is an American fashion designer and Tom Cruise the American actor.
Thomas is a very classic name across English-speaking countries. If you are looking for a name that has a lot of tradition behind it, then this is a great choice. It has, however, been declining in popularity in the United States, seemingly replaced by more “in vogue” names. Thomas does remain a popular name in both the U.K. and Canada, however. Thomas has a great variety of nicknames and variations attached to it, since it became a common name in most European countries. A foreign variation like “Tavish
” or “Tuomas” may be a unique way to hold onto an old, traditional name.
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Considering Thomas as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Thomas for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Thomas is a boy name.
The name Thomas is of Aramaic origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Danish speaking countries, Dutch speaking countries, English speaking countries, French speaking countries, German speaking countries, Greek speaking countries, Norwegian speaking countries, Swedish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Thomas we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Thomas Name Meaning
The meaning of Thomas is “A Twin”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Thomas and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Thomas and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Thomas is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Thomas Categories
The name Thomas is in the following categories: Aramaic Names, Biblical Names, Christian Names, Classic Names, Dutch Names, English Names, French Names, German Names, Greek Names, President Names, Scandinavian Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Thomas. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Thomas, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Thomas
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Thomas displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Thomas Boy Name Popularity Chart
Thomas Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note: The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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