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Gender: M Meaning of Thomas: "twin" Origin of Thomas: Aramaic Thomas's Popularity in 2013: #61

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Thomas has been one of the most commonly used classic baby names in both England and the U.S. over time, and is still given to almost seven thousand American boys each year. From the original apostle and several saints, through Thomas Jefferson, Edison, Pynchon, Hanks and Cruise, Thomas is simple, straightforward and strong, with more definition than names like John and James-- all that a parent with timeless taste could want. And as a bonus, kids will identify with Thomas the Tank Engine.

Thomas came about because there were too many apostles named Judas; Jesus renamed one Thomas (meaning "twin") to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot and the Judas also known as Thaddeus, and at first it was used only for priests. Sir Thomas Aquinas and Thomas a Becket are two of many towering Thomases.

Thomas ranked among the U.S. Top 10 baby names pretty much through the 1960s; right now it is still Number 6 in England and Number 7 in Australia.

Thomas has some noteworthy foreign versions: the multicultural Tomas, the Italian Tomasso, the Portuguese Tomaz, plus the Scottish nickname Tam. In Paris these days, Tom is a popular name used on its own,

Jack Black and Dennis Quaid both have sons named Thomas.

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Famous People Named Thomas

Thomas "Tom" Brokaw, American television journalist
Thomas Boyer "Bo" Bryan, son of country singer Luke Bryan
Thomas Chambers, American actor; twin brother of Munro Chambers
Thomas "Tom" Daley, English Olympic Diver
Thomas Edison, American inventor
Thomas Erdelyi, Hungarian American record producer and musician
Thomas "Tom" Felton, English actor
Thomas "Tom" Fletcher, member of McFly
Thomas "Tom" Ford, American fashion designer
Thomas Gibson, American actor
Thomas Hollis Smith, son of William Smith & Abigail "Nabby" Adams
Thomas "Tom" Hanks, American actor
Thomas "Tom" Hiddleston, English actor
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States
Thomas Kretschmann, German actor
Thomas "Tom" Mapother, American actor, also known as Tom Cruise
Thomas Moore, Irish poet
Thomas Mueller, Professional German Soccer Player
Thomas Ian Nicholas, American actor/musician
Thomas Colton Padalecki, son of Genevieve & Jared Padalecki
Thomas "Tom" Parker, member of The Wanted
Thomas "Tom" Petty, American singer-songwriter
Thomas Pynchon, American novelist
Thomas Edward Sizemore, American actor
Thomas "Tom" Welling, American actor
Thomas "Tom" Wilkinson, English actor
Thomas "Tad" Lincoln (1853-'71), Abraham & Mary Lincoln's son
Thomas Luther Bryan known as Luke Bryan, American singer
Thomas Williams, child of Brady and Robyn Williams of the TLC show "My Five Wives"
Thomas Padalecki, oldest son of Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Padalecki.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, British actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine, animated children's series
Thomas "Tom" Marvolo Riddle, villian of the Harry Potter series, and birth name of Voldemort
Thomas Barrow - footman/valet on Downton Abbey
Thomas "Tom" Tarleton, character in "Gone With the Wind"
Thomas Magnum, Magnum P.I.
Thomas Wayne, Batman's dad
Thomas O'Malley, alley cat in "The Aristocats"
Thomas J. Sennett, character from the film "My Girl" played by
Macaulay Culkin.
Thomas Carver, Chasing Life character

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