Thompson (surname)

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Family name
Pronunciation /ˈtɒmpsən/ TOMP-sən
Meaning Son of Thom, Son of Thomas, Son of Tom
Related names Thomson, MacTavish, MacTamhais, Thomas, Tavis, Tom, Thom
Footnotes: [1]

Thompson is a patronymic surname of English and Scottish origin, with a variety of spellings meaning "son of Thom".[2] An alternative origin may be geographical, arising from the placename Thompson.[3] Thom(p)son is the English translation of MacTavish, which is also the Anglicized version of the Gaelic name of MacTamhais.[4][5] During the Plantation period, settlers carried the name to Ireland. It is the 14th most common surname in the United Kingdom and 17th most common in the United States.[6] According to the 1990 United States Census, Thompson was the seventeenth most frequently reported surname, accounting for 0.27% of the population.[7]

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  1. ^ 1990 Census Name Files
  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. ^ "MacTavish is Thom(p)son". Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Thom(p)son is MacTavish". Official Clan MacTavish Seannachie. Archived from the original on December 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  6. ^ Thompson Surname at Forebears
  7. ^ United States Census Bureau (9 May 1995). s:1990 Census Name Files dist.all.last (1-100). Retrieved on 2008-07-04.

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