Thanksgiving Baby Names: Sur la Table

November 20, 2014 Linda Rosenkrantz

Ah, Thanksgiving dinner…it’s such a sensual delight—the visual appeal of the glistening turkey and array of veggies, the sweet and pungent aromas produced by all the herbs and spices, the taste of the sumptuous desserts. So this year, we salute the holiday table and all the goodies it presents.


Calling the turkey Tom is not a question of anthropomorphizing—it’s the official term defining maleness, also used for a tomcat. In humans, Tom has been a diminutive of Thomas since time immemorial and has long been used on its own, a Top 100 name through the 1940s, and still in the Top 50 in Germany and the Netherlands.


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