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Gender: M Meaning of Thomas: "twin" Origin of Thomas: Aramaic Thomas's Popularity in 2016: #48

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 more than 7,000 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. And it offers more definition than names like John and James -- all that a parent with timeless taste could want. 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. 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 Australia.

Thomas has some noteworthy foreign versions: the multicultural Tomas, the Italian Tomasso, the Portuguese Tomaz and 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.

Famous People Named Thomas

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, birth name of American actor Tom Cruise
C. Thomas Howell, American actor
Thomas Andrew "Tom" Felton, English actor
Saint Thomas the Apostle
Thomas the Slav, 9th-century Byzantine military commander
Thomas of Bayeux, Archbishop of York
Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Aquinas, Italian theologian
Thomas Wolsey, English cardinal under Henry VIII
Sir Thomas More, English author, philosopher and statesman
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Ken (1637-1711), hymnist
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. president and Founding Father
Thomas Paine, American Revolutionary patriot
Thomas Kelly (1769-1854), hymnist
Thomas Hastings (1784-1872), hymnist
Thomas Hughes, hymnist
Thomas Hobbes, British philosopher
Thomas Carmichael Hindman, Jr., U.S. Congressman and Civil War general
Thomas "Tad" Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor
Thomas Riley Marshall, 28th U.S. Vice President
Thomas Francis Bayard, 30th U.S. Secretary of State
Thomas Stearns "T.S." Eliot, American-British poet
Thomas John "Tom" Brokaw, American television journalist
Edward Thomas "Tom" Hardy, English actor
Thomas Robert "Tom" Daley, English Olympic Diver
Thomas Playford, 33rd Premier of South Australia
Thomas Erdelyi, birth name of Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-American drummer of The Ramones
Thomas Gregory Jackson, birth name of American musician Tommy James of The Shondells
Thomas Michael "Tom" Fletcher, lead singer of English band McFly
Thomas Carlyle "Tom" Ford, American fashion designer
Thomas Ellis Gibson, American actor
Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks, American actor
Thomas William "Tom" Hiddleston, English actor
Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland, English actor
Thomas Kretschmann, German actor
Thomas Moore, Irish poet
Thomas Muller, German footballer
Thomas Ian Nicholas, American actor/musician
Thomas Anthony "Tom" Parker, singer of British band The Wanted
Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty, American singer-songwriter
Thomas Rhett, American country music singer
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, American novelist
Thomas Edward "Tom" Sizemore, American actor
Thomas James "Tommy" Tune, American actor, singer, and dancer
Thomas John Patrick "Tom" Welling, American actor
Thomas Joseph "T.J." Thyne, American actor
Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Wilkinson, English actor
Thomas "Tommy" Lee (Bass), drummer of American band Mötley Crüe
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, English actor
Thomas Mario "Tommy" Haas, German tennis player
Thomas Sanders, American internet personalityThomas Luther Bryan, birth name of American singer Luke Bryan
Thomas Edward "Tommy" John, Jr., American baseball pitcher
Thomas Nathaniel "Tommy" Ivan, Canadian ice hockey manager
Thomas Maldwyn Pryce, Welsh racing driver
Thomas Henry "Tommy" Bolt, American golfer
Thomas P Stafford, American astronaut
Thomas 'Tom' Crean, Irish explorer
Thomas Williams, child of Brady and Robyn Williams of TV's "My Five Wives"
Thomas Colton Padalecki, son of actor Jared Padalecki (b. Mar. 19, 2012)
Thomas Boyer "Bo" Bryan, son of country singer Luke Bryan
Thomas Hollis Smith, son of William Smith & Abigail "Nabby" Adams
Thomas Hardy, British poet and novelist
Thomas Moore, British poet
Thomas Carlyle, British essayist
Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet
Thomas Mann, German novelist
Thomas Edward 'T.E.' Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia
Thomas James "Tom" Ridgewell, British YouTube personality known as "TomSka"
Thomas Patrick "Tom" Cavanagh, Canadian actor
Thomas Boone Quaid (b. 2007), son of American actor Dennis Quaid
Thomas David Black (b. 2008), son of American actor Jack Black
Leon G. Thomas III, American actor, record producer, songwriter, and singer
Thomas Sadoski, American stage, film, and television actor
Thomas Miles Gaalswyk (b. 2016), son of American singer-songwriter and musician Caitlyn Smith
Thomas South Moore (b. 2017), son of American country music singer and songwriter Justin Moore

Pop Culture References for the name Thomas

"Thomas the Tank Engine," animated series and its main character
Thomas "Tom" Marvolo Riddle aka Lord Voldemort, character in the Harry Potter series
Thomas Tanner, character in Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices"
Thomas, character in Lauren DeStefano's "The Internment Chronicles"
Thomas Barrow, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Thomas "Tom" Tarleton, character in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind"
Thomas Magnum, main character on TV's "Magnum P.I."
Thomas Wayne, father of Batman
Thomas O'Malley, cat in Disney' "The AristoCats"
Thomas J. Sennett, character in movie "My Girl"
Thomas Carver, character on TV's "Chasing Life"
Thomas H. Norstein, character in anime "Digimon Data Squad"
Thomas Tomone, character on TV's "Skins"
Thomas "Tom" Cat, character in the Tom and Jerry cartoon series
Thomas "Tommy" Pickles, character in animated series "Rugrats" and "All Grown Up"
Thomas Lasky, main character in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Thomas "Tom" Wade, main character in G. A. Henty's, In the Heart of the Rockies
Thomas, character on animated series "Regular Show"
Thomas, main character in book and movie "The Maze Runner"
Thomas Forrester, character in soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Thomas "Tommy" Merlyn, character on TV's "Arrow"
Thomas "Tom" Hagen, character in "Godfather"
Thomas "Tom" Hansen, character in "500 Days of Summer"
Thomas, character in the webcomic "Sun Rising"
Thomas Sharpe, character in the movie "Crimson Peak"