Thomas (name)

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Thomas
Santo Tomás, por Diego Velázquez.JPG
Pronunciation/ˈtɒməs/
French: [tɔma]
German: [ˈtoːmas]
Dutch: [ˈtoːmɑs]
GenderMale
Name dayJuly 3
Origin
Word/nameAramaic
Meaning"twin"
Other names
Related namesTom, Tommaso, Tŏmas, Tomas, Tomás, Tomasz, Tommy, Foma, Tamás, Thom

Thomas is recorded in the Greek New Testament as the name of Thomas the Apostle (one of the twelve apostles of Jesus). It is ultimately derived from the Aramaic personal name תאומא /tɑʔwmɑʔ/, meaning "twin," and the English spelling Thomas is a transliteration of the Greek Θωμάς.

Etymology[edit]

The masculine noun תאם (to'am) occurs throughout Semitic languages, always meaning twin. It appears to be also related to the Greek noun τομη (tome), meaning a cutting or cleaving in half.[1]

Popularity[edit]

In Europe[edit]

Thomas was a popular name throughout medieval Europe. In Britain the name was rare prior to the Norman Conquest (11th century CE), but by the 13th and 14th centuries it had become common. In 2017 it ranked 13th in popularity in the United Kingdom with 3,246 babies given the name.[2]

In the United States[edit]

The Social Security Administration lists the name Thomas as the ninth most popular name in the United States over the past 100 years.[3] In 2017 it ranked 48th in popularity with 7,131 babies given the name.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The amazing name Thomas: meaning and etymology". Abarim Publications. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  2. ^ Elliott, Annabel Fenwick. "The most popular baby names in countries around the world – and what they mean". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Top Names Over the Last 100 Years". www.ssa.gov. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Popular Baby Names". www.ssa.gov. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

See also[edit]

  • Tommy / Tommie - both are a nickname or shortened form of Thomas, and are sometimes used as a feminine form of Thomas.
  • Tomi - a Finnish masculine name but also used as a feminine name elsewhere.
  • Thomasina or Thomasine is the feminine form of Thomas.