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Thomas Name Meaning

English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, and South Indian: from the medieval personal name, of Biblical origin, from Aramaic t’om’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, best known for his scepticism about Christ’s resurrection (John 20:24–29). The th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. The Ukrainian form is Choma. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Thomes, Toma, Thuma, Tomasi, Choma, Tomes, Tobias, Thorman, Thoman

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You can see how Thomas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thomas family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thomas families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 849 Thomas families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 13% of all the recorded Thomas's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Thomas families in 1840.
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What did your Thomas ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Thomas. 19% of Thomas men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Thomas women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thomas were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Housewife
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 800,000 military records available for the last name Thomas. For the veterans among your Thomas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thomas lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Thomas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Thomas in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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