Tom name meaning

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

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

Origin and Meaning of Tom

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Croatia says the name Tom means "Tom, short for Tomislav, means 'The ruler of slavic people.' This comes from latin 'dominus'(ruler) 'slavis'(of slavs)" and is of Slavic origin.
  2. A user from Australia says the name Tom is of Jewish origin and means "Ruler of the Slavs".
  3. 2 people from the United Kingdom and Australia agree the name Tom is of German / English origin and means "twin".
  4. A submission from Australia says the name Tom means "Naivety" and is of Aramaic origin.
  5. A user from Canada says the name Tom is of Greek origin and means "Innocence, naivety, simplicity or 'the end' are the four meanings of the name".
  6. A user from Australia says the name Tom is of English origin and means "strong".
  7. A user from Maine, U.S. says the name Tom is of Nigerian origin and means "Goddess of the sun".
  8. A submission from New Zealand says the name Tom means "Gods son".
  9. According to a user from Israel, the name Tom is of Jewish origin and means "Integrity , pureness".
  10. A user from Australia says the name Tom is of Egyptian origin and means "The return of a loved one from the promised land".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tom
The knave of trumps at gleek.
noun Tom
  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): Azerbaijani, Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Tom

    Notable Persons Named 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.

    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.

    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.

    Tom Brady

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

    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.

    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.

    • Tom Ford
      Fashion Designer
    • Tom Holland
    • Tom DeLonge
    • Tom Felton
    • Tom Ellis
    • Tom Waits
    • Sir Tom Jones
    • Tom Clancy
    • Tom Sizemore
    • Tom Price
      Chairman of the House Budget Committee
    • Tom Morello
    • Tom Hollander
    • Tom Welling
    • Tom Wilkinson

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tom

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tom

    Uncle Tom

    Uncle Tom is a fictional character.

    Lauren Tom

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

    Major Tom

    Major Tom is an astronaut.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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

    Common first names for Tom

    • Mary
    • Henry
    • Robert
    • William
    • George
    • James
    • Harry
    • Richard
    • Helen
    • Yee
    • Charles
    • Rose
    • Kam

    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

  1. What name lists does Tom rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Tom? Tom is the 511th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tom was the 3,452nd most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Tom have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 140,011 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Random Tom Factoid: According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tom ranks 67th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 235 babies in Michigan have the same name in 1964.
  8. Weird things about the name Tom: The name spelled backwards is Mot. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Omt. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Tom? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,350 people with the last name Tom.
  10. 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.
  11. Tom name meaning

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