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International Variations of Thomas

Thomas is among the most classic baby boy names, with variations in several Western cultures.

ThomasHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    Thomas is the Greek variation of the Aramaic name Ta’oma’. It 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.

TomasHeart

  • Origin:

    German and Portuguese version of Thomas
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    The pronunciation may be slightly different—toe-MAHS—though some parents use this as a phonetic spelling of Thomas.

TomasHeart

  • Origin:

    German and Portuguese version of Thomas
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    The pronunciation may be slightly different—toe-MAHS—though some parents use this as a phonetic spelling of Thomas.

TavishHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of Thomas
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    This Scottish form of Thomas has a lot of charm, evoking images of men in plaid kilts playing the bagpipes. As for the 'ish' ending, it could either be seen as cozy and hamish, or a little wishy-washyish.

TammyHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Tamara
  • Description:

    Made famous in fifties movies as a wholesome backwoods gal, Tammy was a Top 10 choice from the mid-60s to early-70s, but is now given to fewer than 100 babies per year in the US.

TamHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish variation of Thomas
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    Popularized in Scotland by Tam o'Shanter, the hero of one of Robert Burns most famous poems, it's associated in the U.S. with the plaid cap he gave his name to.

TomaszHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish variation of Thomas. "a twin"
  • Meaning:

    "a twin"
  • Description:

    Though it makes the name more distinctive, we'd advise dropping the 'z'.

TamerlaneHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkic, Mongol
  • Meaning:

    "iron"
  • Description:

    This Westernized form of the name of an ancient Mongol warrior, remembered primarily today through the works of Christopher Marlowe and Edgar Allan Poe, runs the risk of sounding pompous and pretentious.

TomosHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh form of Thomas
  • Description:

    Tomos is the standard Welsh version of Thomas, both in the Bible and secular texts like Thomas the Tank Engine. It is an enduring classic in the Welsh charts, with diminutives including Twm and Tomi.

TomiHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Description:

    A Welsh diminutive of Tomos/Thomas, or just a simplified spelling of Tommy.

TommasoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Thomas
  • Description:

    See THOMAS.

TomassoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Thomas
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    Nearly every name takes on a more sensual, worldly quality in its Italian version.

MasoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, diminutive of Tomasso
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    Appealing, lively, and distinctive.

TomásHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Thomas
  • Description:

    The most popular version of Thomas worldwide -- from Scandinavian to Latin to Slavic cultures -- brings Tomás into the Top 500 in this country.

TomásHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Thomas
  • Description:

    The most popular version of Thomas worldwide -- from Scandinavian to Latin to Slavic cultures -- brings Tomás into the Top 500 in this country.

TavisHeart

  • Description:

    Variation of Tavish, a Scottish form of Thomas, that's associated with radio/TV personality Tavis Smiley.

TammuzHeart

  • Origin:

    Semitic variation of Dumuzid, Sumerian
  • Meaning:

    "loyal child"
  • Description:

    Tammuz is the Semitic variation of Dumuzid, a name from Sumerian mythology. Tammuz is the name of fourth month on the Hebrew calendar, corresponding with June and July on the Gregorian calendar.

TamlaneHeart

  • Description:

    A whimsical Scottish version of Thomas.