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Quick Facts on Thomas

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 61
Simple meaning:
The twin

Characteristics of Thomas

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Thomas

The name Thomas comes to us from the New Testament, borne by one of Jesus’ 12 apostles and one to whom Christ appeared after his resurrection. 
According to John 20:24: “Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came…But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’”  Eight days later, Jesus appeared directly to Thomas himself; this time, Thomas believed. However, he was henceforth referred to as “Doubting Thomas” since he had to be convinced of Jesus’ resurrection. Who can blame the guy? It was this “doubting” quality that humanized the Biblical character and popularized the name in Christendom.
Thomas is essentially the English form of the Greek “Didymus,” itself taken from the Aramaic Ta’oma which means, quite simply, “the twin” (although there is no evidence that St. Thomas the Apostle was a twin himself).
For the first several centuries AD, the name Thomas was used almost exclusively among priests in an act of humility (owing to Thomas's "doubting" incident in the Bible).  The general population of Western Europeans were reintroduced to this name during the Crusades (a series of Holy Wars starting in the 11th century). By the 12th century, Thomas was quite popular throughout England... bestowing names of the saints - particularly those of the apostles - became a standard naming practice among Medieval Christians, often seen as a protective measure.  Surely the saint would look favorably upon the child from heaven, and God would keep safe name bearers of His beloved saints.
The English martyr Thomas Becket, an archbishop of Canterbury who was famously slain by a couple of King Henry II’s knights on the church altar while delivering a sermon, supplied the name with additional honor in the English speaking world.
"No doubt," Thomas has remained a perennial favorite among all English-speaking nations. It’s currently ranked #48 in the United States (2016) - but in Australia and Great Britain, Thomas is a Top 10. 

Popularity of the Name Thomas

Thomas has been a constant favorite in America. The name has been ranked on the Top 25 list of most commonly used boy names since 1880 (the first year the U.S. government began tracking naming trends). It would take well over 100 years (1990s) before Thomas would finally fall off the Top 25 list. The name was mostly popular in the 1930s, 40s and 50s when it was a Top 10 favorite nationwide. Nonetheless, Thomas is like John and Robert – names that have stuck around at high levels of popularity for centuries. Like John and Robert, though, Thomas is experiencing backwards momentum on the American charts right now. Its loss in stature is mild, but the slow and steady downward trend seems to indicate that American parents are looking beyond traditional choices when naming their sons. For parents that appreciate time-tested tradition, however, Thomas remains a great choice. Tommy is cute for the little guy, Tom is strong and no-nonsense for the older ones, and Thomas is elegant and confident all by himself. We would also consider this a great name if your little baby boy happens to be a twin (or even a Gemini for that matter).
Popularity of the Boy Name Thomas
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Thomas

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Thomas

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Thomas

    Tom Sawyer (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) Tom Sawyer is the young hero of Mark Twain’s 1876 classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and one of the most beloved characters in American literature. Rosy-cheeked, barefoot and mischievous, he embodies boyhood in another time, another place. He inspires nostalgia in us for an era we never knew; he makes us feel as if we did. His adventures include the famous fence whitewashing, the escape from McDougal’s cave, his courtship of Becky Thatcher, the appearance at his own “funeral”, the murder in the cemetery and the escape and demise of Injun Joe. More important than the episodic tales of his derring-do, however, is the evolution of a young boy into a young man in the making. We can see that he will be the type of young man who will honor the moral code being taught by Aunt Polly, and who at the same time will maintain a lively questioning mind about the veracity of some of society’s operating standards. The next most important thing about Tom Sawyer is that he introduces us to Huck Finn.

  • Popular Songs on Thomas

    Popular Songs on Thomas

    Doubting Thomas - a song by Nickel Creek

    Hey Thomas - a song by Wizo

    St. Thomas - a song by Peter Frampton

    Thomas - a song by A Perfect Circle [explicit]

    Thomas - a song by Laika

    Tom and Mary - a son by Ben Folds Five

    Tom Dooley - a song by Kingston Trio

    Tom's Diner - a song by Suzanne Vega

    Tommy - a rock album by The Who

    Tommy's Holiday Camp - a song by The Who

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Thomas

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Thomas

    Thomas Goes to the Sea (Marlon Abrahams) - A new children’s book series is born in Thomas Goes to the Sea. Readers of all ages will be enchanted as Thomas the Tortoise receives a call that he cannot ignore. Something within is telling Thomas to leave his safe home tucked away in the nature reserve and venture out to follow the faint sound of something crashing in the distance. As Thomas is compelled to follow the sound, he begins a long journey and along the way discovers his true purpose in life. Find out what happens to this brave little tortoise in Thomas Goes to the Sea. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection (Rev. W. Awdry) - Since the first Thomas stories written by a father for his son over 60 years ago, Thomas the Tank Engine continues to delight children everywhere. This collection contains 14 of the best-loved titles of the Reverend W Awdry’s classic Railway Series and includes the most famous adventures of Thomas and his Really Useful Engine friends. These exciting and funny tales, over 55 of them, are enhanced by the original artwork in this stunning new gift edition. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection (Rev. W. Awdry) - Thomas the Tank Engine started life as a simple wooden toy made by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry for his young son, Christopher. Soon there were bedtime stories about Thomas, tales which complemented earlier favorites about Edward, Gordon and Harry. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Thomas' Snowsuit (Robert Munsch) - Thomas refuses to wear his new snowsuit despite the pleas of his mother, his teacher, and even the principal. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Thomas

    Famous People Named Thomas

    Famous People Named Thomas - Saint Thomas Becket (archbishop of Canterbury); Thomas Aquinas (theologian and philosopher); Thomas Hobbes (philosopher); Thomas Jefferson (U.S. President); Thomas Hardy (novelist); Thomas Edison (inventor); Thomas Woodrow Wilson (U.S. President); Thomas Pynchon (author); Thomas Mann (German novelist and Noble laureate); Thomas “Tom” Hanks (actor); Thomas Harris (author); Thomas “Tom” Cruise (actor); Thomas Dolby (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Thomas

    Children of Famous People Named Thomas

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Thomas - Abraham Lincoln (U.S. President); Anne Archer (actress); Dana Carvey (actor/comic); James Doohan (actor); Jamie Lee Curtis (actress); Jane Pauley (TV journalist); John Adams (U.S. President); Mel Gibson (actor); Ned Beatty (actor); Pocahontas (historical Native American); Thomas Edison (inventor); Tom Landry (football coach)

Personality of the Boy Name Thomas

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Thomas

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