Thomas (name)

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Thomas
Santo Tomás, por Diego Velázquez.JPG
Pronunciation /ˈtɒməs/
French: [tɔma]
German: [ˈtoːmas]
Dutch: [ˈtoːmɑs]
Gender Male
Name day July 3
Origin
Word/name Aramaic
Meaning "twin"
Other names
Related names Tom, Tommaso, Tŏmas, Tomas, Tomasz, Tommy, Foma, Tamás

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.

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.

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