Thompson name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Thompson

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Nigeria says the name Thompson means "Twin" and is of Greek origin.
  2. A user from Nigeria says the name Thompson is of Scottish origin and means "Thompson is a greek word which come from son of tom, an also name thomas".
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International Interest
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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)

Variant of Thomson, from Tom +‎ -son, originally meaning "son of Thomas". Also an anglicisation of the Gaelic name MacTamhais, meaning "son of Thomas".

  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 of Pennsylvania

Notable Persons Named Thompson

Notable Persons Named Thompson

Thompson Oliha

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.

Sir Thompson Capper

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

Thompson Usiyan

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.


Thompson H. Murch

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

Thompson Mann

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


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thompson

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thompson

Hunter 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.

Emma Thompson

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.

Tessa Thompson

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.

Klay Thompson

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.

Stephen Thompson

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

Lea Thompson

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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    Basketball Player
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  • Fred Thompson
    Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
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  • Carrot Top
  • Jasmine Thompson
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  • Florence Owens Thompson
    Agricultural Laborer
  • Richard Thompson
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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

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Thompson

  • What name lists does Thompson rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Thompson? Thompson is the 6,163rd 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,432 babies born with the first name Thompson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thompson to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • 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 2018 with a total of 76 babies.
  • Random Thompson Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thompson is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 6 babies in North Carolina have the same name in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Thompson: The name spelled backwards is Nospmoht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Mstpoohn. 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!
  • Thompson name meaning

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