Gender Masculine
Scripts Θωμάς(Greek) Θωμᾶς(Ancient Greek) തോമസ്(Malayalam)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈtɑm.əs/(American English) /ˈtɒm.əs/(British English) /tɔ.ma/(French) /ˈtoː.mas/(German) /ˈtoː.mɑs/(Dutch) /θo.ˈmas/(Greek)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma') meaning "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 used by the Normans and became very popular due to Saint Thomas Becket, a 12th-century archbishop of Canterbury and martyr. It was reliably among the top five most common English names for boys from the 13th to the 19th century, and it has remained consistently popular to this day.

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).

Related Names

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)) Tomine(Norwegian)
Other Languages & CulturesThoma(Albanian) Te'oma(Ancient Aramaic) Toma(Bulgarian) Tomàs(Catalan) Toma, Tomica, Tomo(Croatian) Tomáš(Czech) Toomas(Estonian) Tuomas, Tuomo, Tomi, Tommi(Finnish) Tomé(Galician) Toma(Georgian) Tamás, Tomi(Hungarian) Tómas(Icelandic) Tomás(Irish) Tommaso, Tomaso(Italian) Tomass, Toms(Latvian) Tomas(Lithuanian) Toma(Macedonian) Tamati(Maori) Tomasz, Tomek(Polish) Tomás, Tomé(Portuguese) Toma(Romanian) Foma(Russian) Tavish, Tam(Scottish) Tàmhas, Tòmas(Scottish Gaelic) Toma(Serbian) Tomáš(Slovak) Tomaž(Slovene) Tomás(Spanish) Tomos, Tomi, Twm(Welsh)
Surname DescendantsThomassen(Danish) Thomas(English) Thomas(French) Thomas(German) Thomassen(Norwegian)

People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   serious  

Name Days

Austria: January 28
Austria: June 22
Austria: July 3
Austria: July 25
Austria: December 29
Denmark: December 21
France: January 28
France: July 3
Germany: July 3
Greece: May 12


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


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Entry updated April 23, 2024