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What does Tom mean?

Tom /tom/ as a boys' name is of Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Tom is "twin".

Short form of Thomas. Most common in the 19th century as an independent name. Actors Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks.

Associated with: 19th century


Tom has 3 variants: Thom, Tomm and Tommy.

Tom has 14 more related forms via Thomas: Tam, Tamas, Thoma, Tomas, Tomaso, Tomasz, Tome, Tomek, Tomey, Tomie, Tomkin, Tomlin, Tommey and Tommie.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Team, Torm, ..

(female) Tody, Tomby, ..

How popular is Tom?

Tom is a very popular first name for males (#154 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#3405 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name statistics of Tom for boys. Tom was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #46 in the U.S. then, and is at #1906 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tom name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tom outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Tom and associated names. Thomas (#54 the previous year), Tomas (#658), Tommy (#725), Thom, Tommie, Tomie and Tam are the prominent alternative forms of Tom (#1906 the previous year). Other forms, like Tomek, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Tom was widespread during the years 1940-1949 (median #830) and is now much less (#1417, down 86%), with forms such as Tommy becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tom, Tam, Thom, Thomas, Tomas in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tomie, Tommie, Tommy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tom, Thomas, Tomas, Tommy outside U.S.

Similar Names


Tom is alike in pronunciation to Teom and Tim. Other suggested similar names are Dom, Tod, Ton, Tor and Tov. These names tend to be less frequently used than Tom.