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Thompson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name T(h)om(me) (see Thom ) + -son ‘son of Tom’. Thomson is usually the Scottish form that with the intrusive -p- being English. Both forms are common in Ireland. The surname Thompson is also very common among African Americans. Americanized form of Danish Norwegian and North German Thomsen and of its Swedish cognate Thomsson. Compare Thomson .

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


Similar surnames: Thomason, Tompson, Thomas, Tomson, Thomasson, Thomerson, Hampson

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Where is the Thompson family from?

You can see how Thompson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thompson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thompson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 1,392 Thompson families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Thompson's in USA. New York had the highest population of Thompson families in 1840.
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What did your Thompson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Thompson. 15% of Thompson men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Thompson women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thompson were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 4 million census records available for the last name Thompson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thompson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 662,000 immigration records available for the last name Thompson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 727,000 military records available for the last name Thompson. For the veterans among your Thompson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thompson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Thompson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Thompson in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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