What does Thomas mean?
Thomas \th(o)-mas\ as a boys' name is pronounced TAH-mas. It is of Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Thomas is "twin". Biblical: one of the 12 apostles known as "doubting Thomas" as he has an unusual mixture of pessimism and zealous faith. Some say his full name was Judas Thomas (Judas the Twin), and the nickname distinguished him from Judas Iscariot. The name has been popular since the 12th-century martyr Thomas à Becket. Other saints include Thomas Aquinas and Thomas More. See also Tavish. President Thomas Jefferson; inventor Thomas Edison; actors Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks; dancer Tommy Tune; fashion designer Tom Ford.
Thomas has 24 variants: Tam, Tamas, Tamhas, Thom, Thoma, Thomason, Thompson, Thomson, Tom▼, Tomas▼, Tomaso, Tomasso, Tomasz, Tome, Tomek, Tomey, Tomie, Tomislaw, Tomkin, Tomlin, Tommaso, Tommey, Tommie▼ and Tommy▼.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Teom.
Thomas has 1 feminine form: Thomasina.
Thomas is a very prominent first name for men (#10 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#12 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Thomas for boys. Thomas reached its top rank of #8 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is currently at #54. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Thomas and affiliated names. Tom, Tomas (#658 a year ago), Tommie and Tommy (#725) are the popular variation forms of Thomas (#54 a year ago). This boy name was at the top of its popularity during 1930-1939 and has become much less popular since, with the forms Tom, Tomas, Tommie and Tommy becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Thonus. This name tends to be less frequently used than Thomas.