Tom Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Thomas. Polish: from a short form of the personal name Tomasz (see Thomas). Chinese: see Tan.

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


Similar surnames: Toma, Tome, Toms, Dom, Toy, Loy, Pol, Toop, Tock, Tuomi

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Tom Family Origin

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Tom Family Occupations

What did your Tom ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Tom. 17% of Tom men worked as a Labourer and 23% of Tom women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tom were Fisherman and Canning Hand

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    17%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Fisherman
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Cannery Hand
    14%
  • At Home
    10%
  • Canning Hand
    10%

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

Tom Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Tom. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tom census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Tom. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Tom. For the veterans among your Tom ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tom Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Tom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Tom in 1942 was 40, and 69 in 2004.

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