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Toms Family History

Toms Name Meaning

English (Devon and Dorset): patronymic from Tom, a short form of the personal name Thomas.

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


Similar surnames: Tomes, Tome, Tom, Tams, Thoms, Toma, Tims, Tomas, Toop, Toombs

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Where is the Toms family from?

You can see how Toms families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Toms family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Toms families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Toms families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Toms's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Toms families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Toms surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Toms ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Toms. 21% of Toms men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Toms women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Toms were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Labor
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Toms. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Toms 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Toms. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Toms. For the veterans among your Toms ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Toms lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Toms life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Toms in 1943 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

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