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Thomas Name Meaning

English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, and South Indian: from the medieval personal name, of Biblical origin, from Aramaic t’om’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, best known for his scepticism about Christ’s resurrection (John 20:24–29). The th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. The Ukrainian form is Choma. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

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


Similar surnames: Thomes, Toma, Thuma, Tomasi, Choma, Tomes, Tobias, Thorman, Thoman

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Thomas Family Origin

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Thomas Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Thomas. 27% of Thomas men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Thomas women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thomas were Carpenter and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Thomas Historical Records

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Census Record

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There are 800,000 military records available for the last name Thomas. For the veterans among your Thomas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Thomas Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Thomas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Thomas in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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