Given Name THOMAS

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Θωμας (Greek)
PRONOUNCED: TAHM-əs (American English), TAWM-əs (British English), TAW-MA (French), TO-mas (German), TO-mahs (Dutch), tho-MAHS (Greek)   [details]

Meaning & History

Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle. When he heard that Jesus had risen from the dead he initially doubted the story, until Jesus appeared before him and he examined his wounds himself. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.

In England the name was introduced by the Normans and became very popular due to Saint Thomas Becket, a 12th-century archbishop of Canterbury and martyr. Another notable saint by this name was the 13th-century Italian philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas, who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. Other famous bearers include philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), American president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), and inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931).

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VARIANTS: Tomas (Swedish), Tomas (Norwegian)
DIMINUTIVES: Thom, Tom, Tommie, Tommy (English), Tom (German), Maas, Tom (Dutch), Tom (Swedish), Tom (Norwegian), Tom (Danish)
FEMININE FORMS: Thomasina (English), Tamsin, Tamsyn (English (British))
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Te'oma (Ancient Aramaic), Toma (Bulgarian), Tomàs (Catalan), Toma, Tomica, Tomo (Croatian), Tomáš (Czech), Toomas (Estonian), Tuomas, Tuomo, Tomi, Tommi (Finnish), Toma (Georgian), Tamás, Tomi (Hungarian), Tómas (Icelandic), Tomás (Irish), Tommaso (Italian), Toms (Latvian), Tomas (Lithuanian), Toma (Macedonian), Tamati (Maori), Tomasz, Tomek (Polish), Tomás, Tomé (Portuguese), Toma (Romanian), Foma (Russian), Tàmhas, Tavish, Tòmas, Tam (Scottish), Toma (Serbian), Tomáš (Slovak), Tomaž (Slovene), Tomás (Spanish), Tomos, Tomi, Twm (Welsh)
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Austria
2014
  Belgium
2015
  Canada (BC)
2015
  Chile
2014
  Denmark
not
ranked
2015
  England and Wales
2016
  France
2016
  Ireland
2015
  Italy
2015
  Netherlands
2016
  New Zealand
2016
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Norway
2015
  Scotland
2016
  Sweden
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ranked
2017
  Switzerland
2013