Thomas Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: TAH-məs (key)

Origin of the name Thomas:

Derived from the Aramaic tē’ōma (a twin). The name is borne in the Bible by an apostle who doubted the resurrection of Christ. It is from him that the label "Doubting Thomas" came. Var: Thomass, Tomas. Short: Thom, Tom. Pet: Tommy.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Thomas: | Edit

My friends son is named Thomas. But he goes by tommy, at least for now. His parents didn't want to name tommy because when he was older it might sound too much like a young child's name

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Thomas is a sensible name. Not original, modern, or trendy, but old fashioned and classic. My 65 year old uncle is the sixth generation in my fathers family to carry the name Thomas. It is a strong, solid family name.

My 4 year old nephew is Thomas but goes by Tommy for now. The most common comment my brother and his wife get is, "Well you don't hear that name much anymore!" or "Who is he named after?" My brother is starting to wish he hadn't gone quite so traditional.

Friends name is Thomas Flynn but is called Flynn because that's what all the teachers at school call him.

My little brother is called Thomas, after my great-grandfather. I think it's a great name, and I would consider using it as a middle name.

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Thom, Tam, Tom, Tommy
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Meanings and history of the name Thomas: | Edit

Thomas, the apostle ("doubting Thomas"), was called "the twin." Some say the name was given because Thomas and Jesus looked much alike. Could be...?

Famous real-life people named Thomas: | Edit

Thomas Edison, Inventor
Tom Arnold, comedian
Tom Brady, American football quarterback for the New England Patriots
Tom Brokaw, journalist
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, English actor
Thomas Kenny, spongebob,various mixels
Tom Fletcher, member of McFly
Tom Ford, fashion designer
Tom Hanks, actor
Tom Hardy, actor
Tom Hiddleston, actor
Tom Mapother, actor
Thomas Mars, frontman and lead vocalist of the band Phoenix
Tom Petty, singer-songwriter
Tom Wilkinson, actor
Tom Welling, actor
Thomas Colton Padalecki, older son of actors Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese Padalecki

Thomas in song, story & screen: | Edit

Thomas Teller Jr., son of Jackson (Jax) Teller on the show Sons of Anarchy. He was named after Jax's late brother, Thomas Teller.
The title character in the 1995 American film comedy Tommy Boy
Thomas the Tank Engine, the leading character in Reverend W.V. Awdry's children's books and the British and American television adaptations
Tom Sawyer, the boastful, playful hero of Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The lead character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. The term Uncle Tom was later used pejoratively to describe a black man who behaved subserviently toward white people.
A character in the legend of Lady Godiva named Tom gave rise to the term Peeping Tom, still used today to describe a voyeur of unaware person(s), most usually in a sexual context.
tom sawyer is also a song that the band rush sing
Dr. Thomas Wayne, Batman's father (DC comics)
Thomas O'Malley in the movie Aristocats.
Thomas - protagonist of the film/book trilogy The Maze Runner
Thomas Barrow, under butler on television show Downton Abbey
Thomas Quiner from The Little House series

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