Meaning and name origin
Thomas \th(o)-mas\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Tam, Tamas, Tamhas, Thom, Thoma, Thomason, Thomson, Thompson, Tom, Tomas, Tomaso, Tomasso, Tomasz, Tome, Tomek, Tomey, Tomie, Tomislaw, Tomkin, Tomlin, Tommaso, Tommey, Tommie and Tommy.
For more information, see also the related boy name Teom.
There is 1 feminine form of Thomas: Thomasina.
Thomas is a very popular first name for males (#10 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Thomas for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Thomas and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Thomas (#54), Tomas (#658), Tommy (#725), Tommie, Tom and Tavish. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Thonus. This name tends to be less commonly used than Thomas.