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Tommy

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Quick Facts on Tommy

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 661
Pronunciation:
TAHM-ee
Simple meaning:
Little twin

Characteristics of Tommy

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Tommy

Tommy is an English diminutive of Thomas. Thomas comes from the New Testament, borne by one of Jesus’ 12 apostles, and one to whom Christ appeared after his resurrection. “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.’” [John 20:24]. 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 comes from the Greek “Didymus” (from the Aramaic Ta’oma) which means “twin” (so as a diminutive form, Tommy means “little twin”). Thomas was mainly used by priests until Western Europeans were exposed to it during the Crusades in the Middle Ages. By the 12th century, Thomas was quite popular throughout England, in part, popularized by the English martyr Thomas Becket, an archbishop of Canterbury who was killed on the church altar during a service. The name has remained a perennial favorite among English-speaking nations and is also quite popular in France. The youthful, casual Tommy (as an independently given name) is used mainly in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Tommy

We were surprised to learn that Tommy dates back to the late 1800s on the American charts. The name feels too nicknamey to be given independently, but we were wrong. Of course Tommy has never been as popular as Thomas; it has managed to survive independently on the charts. In fact, Tommy was even a Top 100 favorite in America for the 20 years between 1934 and 1954. The name’s successful usage was probably owed to Tommy Dorsey, the hugely popular composer and bandleader (and jazz trombonist) from the Big Band era of music (1930s to 50s). Since the 1960s, though, Tommy has been on a downwards trajectory and is now used with only the lightest of moderation. We also associate the name with The Who’s groundbreaking rock opera simply titled “Tommy” (1969) about a “deaf, dumb and blind” kid who assumes a Messiah-type role among his many followers and disciples. We also recall a 1995 road comedy “Tommy Boy” about a dim-witted but well-intentioned heir to an auto parts empire. Tommy is just one of those quintessential “little boy” names. It’s extremely youthful and colloquial to be given as a legal first name, yet many parents prefer these super laid-back and informal pet forms of names. There are a lot of them on the American male naming charts: Eddie, Jimmy, Billy, Willie, Ronnie, Frankie, Danny, Kenny, and Johnny. Even Sonny is on the list. But there’s something about Tommy that feels the most youthful and sweet. If you want to toughen up this name a bit, we suggest you use “Lee” for a middle name (referring to Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe or Tommy Lee Jones the rough-and-tumble American actor).
Popularity of the Boy Name Tommy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Tommy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Tommy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Tommy

    Tommy Settergren (Pippi Longstocking) Tommy Settergren is a character in Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s popular children’s series, Pippi Longstocking, begun in 1945, which have enjoyed numerous translations to other languages and media. The stories center on nine-year-old Pippi, she of the red-headed-sticking-out braids. She is an independent and mischievous little girl who possesses superhuman powers, and who uses her wits to cause havoc among the condescending adults she finds around her. Tommy is one of her best friends, along with his sister Annika; together the three children embark upon extraordinary adventures, which make Mrs. Settergren nervous. She does not wholly approve of Pippi (indeed, many parents do not), but her children adore her. Tommy, in fact, who is almost impossibly well-mannered, formally educated and sheltered (all of which things Pippi is decidedly not), needs a good dose of Pippi-ness, and he gets it. In the end, even Mrs. Settergren is won over, because Pippi is that noblest of creatures – a good friend.

  • Popular Songs on Tommy

    Popular Songs on Tommy

    The Ballad of Tommy and Marla - a song by Rugburns

    Tommy - a rock opera by The Who

    Tommy Boy - a song by Snoop Dogg

    Tommy Brown - a song by Sonny James

    Tommy Can You Hear Me? - a song by The Who

    Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out - a song by The Replacements

    Tommy Gun - a song by The Clash

    Tommy the Cat - a song by Primus

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Tommy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Tommy

    Captain Tommy (Abby Ward Messner) - More than a delightful story, Captain Tommy teaches understanding and kindness. Tommy goes to "space camp" and meets John, a boy who seems "spaced out" and different from other children. The camp counselor makes Tommy the captain of the spaceship, and gives him the job of getting John to interact with the other space-kids. After several attempts, Tommy succeeds, and John shows everyone how to climb a "space pole" and slide back down. The kids are impressed, and John becomes a true part of the group, no longer "lost in space." Great for kids with spectrum children in their lives! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Martin & Tommy (Welleran Poltarnees) - Refashioned from a two-volume picture story from 1920s Switzerland, a gentle tale of a bear and an elephant who decide to build a house together celebrates the pleasures of friendship and cooperation. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren) - Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Speak Up, Tommy! (Jacqueline Dembar Greene) - Tommy’s classmates tease him about his Israeli accent and the way he speaks English. But his knowledge of Hebrew makes him a hero when a policeman and his dog come to visit Tommy’s school. Recommended for ages 6-8.

    Tommy (James Plimell Webb) - This all but forgotten manuscript, surfacing again nearly sixty years after its creation, is set in a small Kentucky village nearly one hundred years ago, but it's message is universal, much like that of Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Tommy's troubles lead him to enlightenment; an understanding of right and wrong and the nuances of gray that can exist between them. This is a coming of age novel by a Kentucky writer that both younsters and adults can enjoy. Recommended for ages 10+

    Tommy and the Wishing-Stone (Thornton W. Burgess) - A sulky lad happens across a sitting-stone that unexpectedly grants his wish to become a meadow-mouse. In this wise woodland fable, Tommy experiences life from the point of view of several forest creatures, including a bird, a mink, and a humble toad. Includes charming, century-old Harrison Cady drawings from the original edition. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Tommy at the Grocery Store (Bill Grossman) - A delightfully hilarious story. Tommy is mistaken for items in a grocery store until his mother comes to the rescue. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Tommy Frasier and the Planet of the Slugs (Quentin Dodd) - The Space Slugs need a hero! One afternoon, Tommy Frasier finds a talking slug hiding in his refrigerator. Things get crazier from there. Soon, Tommy is traveling across the galaxy, fighting space pirates and Arctic Viking Ducks, to help his slimy new friends. Will he save the planet of the slugs? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Tommy Puke and the World's Grossest Grown-Up (Robert T. Jeschonek) - Who's the grossest kid in the world? Tommy Puke, that's who! He fights off bullies with his mighty loogies...conquers jerks with his powerful farts...and sticks up for his pet skunk by driving off wild dogs with his blistering bad breath. But what happens when Tommy meets Rhino Man, a barfing hero who's grosser than he is? What happens when Rhino Man shows off stomach-churning fighting moves that even Tommy can't match? What happens is this: Tommy feels inferior and decides to hang up his puke. But Tommy's best friend, Josh, won't give up on him. Josh gets the god of vomit, Chonganda, to let Tommy peek at his future as a grown-up. Will grown-up Tommy convince little Tommy to get gross again? Even if Tommy gets his mojo back, can he hope to defeat the mighty hair-horned Rhino Man and his bag of sickening tricks? One thing is for sure: the puke, boogers, loogies, poop, and goop will fly! Join Tommy Puke for action, laughs, and more disgusting gross-outs than you can shake a booger at! Don't miss this hilarious and action-packed gross-out adventure from award-winner Robert T. Jeschonek. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Tommy Smith's Animals (Edmund Selous) - All the animals in Tommy Smith's neighborhood lived in fear of him. Thinking that he would treat them more kindly if he knew more about them, they each agreed to meet him and share their life story. In these conversations Tommy Smith did indeed learn lots of information about the animals: the food they ate, the places they slept, the enemies they faced, and much more. In the course of these encounters with the frog and toad, the rook, the rat, the hare, the snake, the peewit, the mole, the woodpigeon, the squirrel, and the owl, Tommy's heart did soften, and, as the barn owl had predicted, he became a friend to all the animals. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Tommy Starts Something Big: Giving Cuddles with Kindness (Chuck Gaidica) - Have you ever been hurt or felt lonely and wanted a cuddle? That was Tommy, until he discovered what made him feel better. He also realized that reaching out to others makes him feel special. Now Tommy wants to share that feeling with everyone. Will his cuddle alerts start something big? Ages 4-8.

    Tommy Storm (A. J. Healy) - A hilarious, futuristic sci-fi adventure that lovers of Star Trek, Hitchhiker’s Guide, and Red Dwarf will find addictive. In the year 2096, Earth is sent an invitation by Wisebeardyface, head of the MilkyFed, that will change the course of its history. Earthling and loser Tommy Storm, age 11-1/4, is chosen for the secret mission for all the wrong reasons. Traveling in the BigLongThingy III spaceship and wearing the Nations Undertaking Travel into Space (NUTS) space outfit—a polka-dot, skintight ski-suit with "E" for Earth imprinted on the back—he’s convinced he will fail. Yet it could be that Tommy, and his newly spiked and trendy hair, is the only hope for the Earth and the Universe itself. Ages 9-12.

    Tommy the Throwaway Dog (Laura Marlowe) - Tommy's owner didn't take good care of him. Tommy, a young dog, only knew hunger, sadness and loneliness. He was later found in a pile of trash, hurt and confused. Thanks to a miracle and the kindness of strangers, Tommy received the care he needed, the love he always wanted, and the ability to trust in people. This story, based on actual events, is sure to capture the hearts of its readers and serve to educate and inspire children to be kind to our animal friends. Recommended for ages 3-9.

    Tommy the Turtle (Michael Best) - Tommy the Turtle is a concept idea to teach kids about life that is also entertaining. Tommy and his friend, Myrtle the Mole, go on adventures that deal with being different, bullying, and strangers, to name a few. So far, children have responded positively to the endearing characters and the positive message that makes this book so appealing. Ages 4-8.

    Tommy Traveller in the World of Black History (Tom Feelings) - This vividly illustrated collection of biographies reveals some of the cultural contributions made by African American men and women, including Phoebe Francis, Frederick Douglass, Aesop, and Joe Louis. Feelings is the winner of two Coretta Scott King awards and two Caldecott Honor Book awards. Full color. Ages 7-10.

    Tommy's Bestest Adventure: Rugrats in Paris (Becky Gold, adapter) - Tommy and his friends are in the bestest place in the whole world -- Reptarland! And here's Tommy's scrapbook to show all the nonstop action -- from the time the babies board the plane to the time they meet a new friend, and even help Reptar fight off Robosnail! As seen in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, this is an adventure no baby would soon forget! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Tommy's Clubhouse (Sharon Hambrick) - Tommy and his friends start a club that does good deeds in his neighborhood. This is Book One of the Fig Street Kids Series. Get the whole set! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Tommy's Mommy's Fish (Nancy Dingman Watson) - It's his mother's birthday, and Tommy is determined to catch her a beautiful fish. But when he finally succeeds, just as the sun goes down, Tommy decides that the best gift is to let the fish go. The 25th anniversary edition is illustrated by none other than the story's own Tommy--artist Thomas Watson. Full color. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Tommy's Shadow (Leni Sands) - Tommy's Shadow is a story about a little boy and only child who lost his best friend. Followed by a second book called “Tommy meets Tom Thumb” in which Tommy meets a new friend through another story book. Bother with color illustrations. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Tommy, The Lifeboat Bear (Beverly Lucas-Brown) - Kindle edition. A short story for young children about a bear who is a member of the lifeboat crew. Ideal for parents to read to children. The Lifeboat Bear is followed by “Tommy Rescues an Olympic Windsurfer”. Tommy is feeling bored when he takes a day off from the lifeboat. However, the day soon becomes memorable when he rescues an Olympic athlete. Recommended as a read-aloud for young children.

    Touchdown for Tommy (Matt Christopher) - Is football Tommy's key to a new home? Football isn't just Tommy's favorite sport-he also thinks that it's the key to a good home. The recently orphaned Tommy is delighted to discover that his foster father, Mr. Powell, coaches Midget League football. By playing well, Tommy hopes that he will make Mr. Powell want to adopt him, and then he will have a real family again. But will things work out the way he plans! Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Tommy

    Famous People Named Tommy

    Famous People Named Tommy - Tommy Lee Jones (actor); Tommy Lee (musician/born Thomas Lee Bass); Tommy Hilfiger (fashion designer, born Thomas Hilfiger); Tommy Dorsey (jazz musician/bandleader, born Thomas Dorsey); Thomas "Tommy" Gambino (notorious mobster); Tommy Lloyd (basketball coach for Gonzaga University); Tommy Mercer (wrestler); Tommy Robredo (Spanish tennis player); Tommy Shaw (guitarist); Tommy Steele (early British rock star, born Thomas Hicks)

  • Children of Famous People Named Tommy

    Children of Famous People Named Tommy

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Tommy - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Tommy.

  • Historic Figures

    Tommy - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Tommy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Tommy.

Personality of the Boy Name Tommy

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Tommy

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