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What does Tom mean?

Tom Pronunciation of 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.

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

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

(female) Tomy, Tra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Tom Ayaan (T.A.), ..

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)

Tom was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #46 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Thomas (#51 the previous year), Tommy (#705), Tomas (#719), Tomie, Tommie, Thom and Tam are the prominent alternative forms of Tom. 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 (#1434, 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.

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