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ScriptsΘωμας Greek
PronouncedPron.TAHM-əs American English
TAWM-əs British English
TAW-MA French
TO-mas German
TO-mahs Dutch
tho-MAHS Greek

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).
VariantsTomas Swedish Tomas Norwegian
DiminutivesThom, Tom, Tommie, Tommy English Tom German Maas, Tom Dutch Tom Swedish Tom Norwegian Tom Danish
Feminine FormsThomasina English Tamsin, Tamsyn English (British)
Other Languages & CulturesTe'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


Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio (1602)Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio (1602)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute