Thomas name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Thomas mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Thomas

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Missouri, U.S. says the name Thomas is of Hebrew origin and means "Twin, Seeker of Truth".
  2. 12 submissions from all over the world agree the name Thomas means "Twin" and is of Greek origin.
  3. According to a user from South Africa, the name Thomas is of American origin and means "Twin and leader".
  4. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Thomas is of Aramaic origin and means "Thomas is the Hebrew Aramaic word for 'twin'".
  5. 2 people from Australia agree the name Thomas is of English origin and means "Gift of God".
  6. A user from Jamaica says the name Thomas is of African origin and means "gift from god".
  7. According to a user from Saudi Arabia, the name Thomas is of Hebrew origin and means "One of the twelve apostles of Jesus - Light of truth".
  8. A user from Suriname says the name Thomas is of Dutch origin and means "Gift of mother earth".
  9. A submission from Ohio, U.S. says the name Thomas means "Seeker of Truth" and is of Hebrew origin.
  10. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Thomas means "Gift" and is of American origin.
  11. According to 2 people from the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the name Thomas is of English / Fijian origin and means "Best".
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  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)

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 from Aramaic 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 Named Thomas

Notable Persons Named 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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  • Mark Harmon
  • Grant Gustin
  • Tom Ellis
  • Tom Waits
  • Sir Tom Jones
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • T. S. Eliot

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thomas

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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Fun Facts about the name Thomas

  • What name lists does Thomas rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Thomas? Thomas is the 11th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Thomas was the 47th most popular name. As a last name Thomas was the 16th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thomas have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,327,070 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 48,642 babies. That's a lot of babies named Thomas!
  • Random Thomas Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thomas ranks 83rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 37 babies in New Mexico have the same name in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Thomas: The name spelled backwards is Samoht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Thamos. 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!
  • Thomas name meaning

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