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Tom Family History

Tom Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Thomas. Polish: from a short form of the personal name Tomasz (see Thomas). Chinese: see Tan.

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


Similar surnames: Toma, Tome, Toms, Dom, Toy, Loy, Pol, Toop, Tock, Tuomi

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Where is the Tom family from?

You can see how Tom families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tom family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tom families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 11 Tom families living in Ohio. This was about 42% of all the recorded Tom's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Tom families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tom surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tom ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tom. 11% of Tom men worked as a Cook and 10% of Tom women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tom were Waiter and Weaver.

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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

  • Cook
    11%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Waiter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Seamstress
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Weaver
    6%
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Census Records

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Tom. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tom 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Tom. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Tom. For the veterans among your Tom ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tom lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Tom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Tom in 1942 was 40, and 69 in 2004.

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