Thompson (surname)

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Pronunciation/ˈtɒmpsən/ TOMP-sən
MeaningSon of Thom, Son of Thomas, Son of Tom
Other names
Variant form(s)Di Tommaso, Thom, Thomas, Thomason, Thomassen, Thomasson, Thomson, Tom, Tomadze, Tomašević, Tomashov, Tomashvili, Tomaszewicz, Tomescu, Tommasi, Tumasian, Tumasyan

Thompson is a patronymic surname of Scottish origin, with a variety of spellings, meaning "son of Thom".[2] An alternative origin may be geographical, arising from the placename Thompson.[3] During the Plantation period, settlers carried the name to Ireland. There has been a third alternative claim made that Thom(p)son originated as the English translation of MacTavish, which is the Anglicised version of the Gaelic name of MacTamhais.[4]

Thompson is the 14th most common surname in the United Kingdom. According to the 2010 United States Census, Thompson was the 23rd most frequently reported surname, accounting for 0.23% of the population.[5]

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Further reading[edit]

  • "Thompson Surname Meaning, Origins & Distribution". Retrieved 2018-06-07.


  1. ^ 1990 Census Name Files Archived 2010-10-07 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  2. ^ Quinn, Seán E. (2000), Surnames in Ireland (Google Snippet), Bray, Ireland: Irish Genealogy Press, p. 173, ISBN 978-1-871509-39-7, OCLC 48632352, retrieved 1 January 2012
  3. ^ Redmonds, George; King, Turi; Hey, David (2011), "Hereditary Surnames", Surnames, DNA, and Family History, New York: Oxford University Press, Classifying Surnames, ISBN 978-0-19-162036-2, retrieved 1 Jan 2012
  4. ^ "Scottish Thompson Name is MacTavish". Clan MacTavish. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Frequently Occurring Surnames from the 2010 Census". Retrieved 2018-06-07.

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