Meaning and Origin of: Thomas

Meaning and Origin of Thomas

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Twin

What does Thomas mean and stand for?

The name Thomas if of Aramaic origin and means "twin." It derives from the Aramaic name Ta'oma' and is said to have been first used by Jesus to help him decipher by many of the Judases.

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, and South Indian : from the medieval personal name, of Biblical origin, from Aramaic t’ōm’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, best known for his scepticism about Christ’s resurrection (John 20:24–29). The th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. The Ukrainian form is Choma.

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According to Social Security Administration data, Thomas has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 50 since 2016, and in the top 100 since 2000.

However, it is the 89th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Isabella was at its peak popularity in April 2017.

Thomas was first reported to be used by Jesus when he nicknamed an apostle Thomas, meaning "twin," since there were too many named Judas. Thomas has maintained a spot in the top 100 in both the US and England over the past few decades. Notable Thomases include Jefferson, Edison, Pynchon, Hanks and Cruise, as well as Thomas the Tank.

Where is it Popular?

Thomas was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Thomas

  • Thom
  • Tom
  • Tommy

Pairs well with these middle names