Thomas Name Meaning

A classic name with long-lived popularity, Thomas has an appeal that’s hard to resist. A Greek name meaning “twin”, Thomas is a familiar friend to many.

A name of many traits, Thomas is mature yet youthful, fun yet serious. He works well on a boisterous youngster ready to take on the world as well as a stately gentleman delivering a commencement speech. He’s a shapeshifter of sorts, magically fitting a wide range of personalities and ages with ease.

While Thomas is a timeless classic, he doesn’t seem out of place on the charts today. Like his friends Aaron and Michael, he has ties that reach back to ancient Hebrew times, but still appears on the charts as a modern fixture. His sound is distinct enough to stand alone but works well in the world of Liam and Noah.

Thomas is a faithful friend with community ties, one who is surrounded by happiness and warmth. He insulates his life with good friends, enjoying his time most when spent with those closest to him. He’s surrounded by good vibes and is a great moniker for a little one.

A Biblical name, Thomas is also an attractive choice for those looking to pay homage to their religious roots. He appears as an apostle who doubts Jesus’ resurrection before seeing him with his own eyes. Thomas is also the name of several saints.

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Thomas Name Popularity

How popular is the name Thomas? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Thomas was the 49th most popular boys name, representing 0.4934% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Thomas has been the 10th most popular boys name, representing 1.5019% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 12 2,842 0.8072%
1911 10 3,286 0.8824%
1912 10 6,084 1.2064%
1913 10 7,092 1.2508%
1914 11 8,843 1.2689%
1915 10 11,487 1.2643%
1916 10 11,994 1.2416%
1917 10 12,611 1.2606%
1918 10 13,910 1.2961%
1919 10 13,434 1.2829%
1920 11 14,934 1.3431%
1921 11 15,308 1.3369%
1922 11 15,261 1.3698%
1923 12 15,884 1.4182%
1924 11 16,557 1.4258%
1925 11 16,679 1.4757%
1926 11 16,600 1.5093%
1927 11 17,022 1.5378%
1928 11 16,574 1.549%
1929 11 16,272 1.571%
1930 11 17,010 1.6284%
1931 10 16,845 1.7067%
1932 10 16,830 1.7035%
1933 10 16,497 1.7707%
1934 9 17,367 1.7965%
1935 9 17,678 1.8191%
1936 8 18,338 1.9037%
1937 9 19,773 2.0066%
1938 9 21,376 2.0881%
1939 9 22,127 2.1753%
1940 8 23,987 2.2567%
1941 8 26,641 2.3671%
1942 8 31,099 2.4628%
1943 8 32,860 2.5171%
1944 8 31,599 2.5496%
1945 8 31,870 2.6132%
1946 8 38,868 2.6341%
1947 8 44,833 2.6858%
1948 8 43,778 2.7424%
1949 8 45,204 2.8101%
1950 8 45,603 2.8323%
1951 8 48,278 2.8474%
1952 8 48,655 2.7874%
1953 8 46,971 2.654%
1954 8 47,156 2.5796%
1955 8 45,819 2.491%
1956 9 44,800 2.372%
1957 9 44,578 2.3166%
1958 9 42,066 2.2258%
1959 9 40,269 2.1195%
1960 9 39,279 2.0731%
1961 9 37,557 1.9893%
1962 9 36,524 1.9895%
1963 9 35,504 1.9779%
1964 9 34,457 1.9575%
1965 9 31,623 1.9338%
1966 10 29,016 1.8584%
1967 12 28,276 1.8633%
1968 12 27,443 1.8276%
1969 13 27,479 1.7837%
1970 17 26,685 1.6768%
1971 17 23,161 1.5413%
1972 20 19,575 1.4372%
1973 19 17,937 1.3836%
1974 20 17,286 1.33%
1975 20 16,554 1.2882%
1976 23 16,125 1.2511%
1977 22 16,592 1.2309%
1978 23 16,493 1.2267%
1979 26 16,472 1.1682%
1980 25 17,570 1.2017%
1981 26 17,165 1.1677%
1982 23 17,582 1.1766%
1983 24 17,563 1.1902%
1984 25 17,594 1.1827%
1985 25 17,604 1.1598%
1986 26 17,350 1.1494%
1987 24 18,125 1.1877%
1988 23 18,799 1.2063%
1989 23 18,429 1.142%
1990 26 18,216 1.099%
1991 28 16,786 1.0298%
1992 27 15,282 0.9574%
1993 27 14,862 0.9533%
1994 27 14,904 0.9712%
1995 27 14,159 0.9395%
1996 28 13,800 0.9217%
1997 31 12,895 0.8719%
1998 31 12,886 0.861%
1999 31 12,791 0.8541%
2000 33 12,639 0.8274%
2001 33 12,146 0.8061%
2002 36 11,291 0.7535%
2003 36 10,932 0.7186%
2004 37 10,497 0.6887%
2005 40 10,037 0.6565%
2006 51 9,508 0.6072%
2007 52 8,927 0.5658%
2008 52 8,356 0.5406%
2009 57 7,719 0.5164%
2010 62 7,123 0.4943%
2011 63 6,913 0.4852%
2012 63 6,838 0.4799%
2013 61 6,786 0.4766%
2014 54 7,022 0.482%
2015 51 7,172 0.4929%
2016 48 7,338 0.509%
2017 48 7,131 0.511%
2018 49 6,779 0.4934%

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Names Like Thomas

If you like Thomas, you’ll love these other names like Thomas.


What names are diminutives of Thomas?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Thomas sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Thomas, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Thom

Twin

Aramaic

Tom

A diminutive form of Thomas.

Aramaic

#1,642 (0.0025%)  
Tommy

A diminutive form of Thomas.

#692 (0.0207%)  

What names are variants of Thomas?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Thomas.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Tamas

Twin

Aramaic

Tomai

Form of Thomas

Greek

Tomas

Twin

Aramaic

#693 (0.0207%)  

What names sound like Thomas?

If you like how Thomas sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Thomas.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Artemas

Follower of the goddess Artemis

Greek

Cosmas
Namas

Little Sturgeon Bird

Native American

Tahmores

Sturdy fox weasel

Persian

Tamaki

Jewel, Gem

Japanese

Taman

Garden

Indonesian

Tamary

Palm tree

American

Tameron

Combination of Tam and Cameron

American

Tamir

Erect, tall; wealthy one

Hebrew

#1,474 (0.0035%)  
Tomer
Tomoya

Friend of

Japanese


What names are similar to Thomas?

Find a name that’s like Thomas, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aaron

High mountain

Hebrew

#60 (0.4326%)  
Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

#15 (0.8133%)  
Elliot

My God is Yahweh

English

#162 (0.1712%)  
Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
Joseph

Jehovah will increase

Hebrew

#23 (0.6955%)  
Levi

Joined together

Hebrew

#33 (0.6143%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Peter

Stone

Greek

#210 (0.1311%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  

Lists With Thomas

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Thomas.


Siblings of Thomas

Mamas with kids named Thomas also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Tobias

God is good

Hebrew

#271 (0.0919%)  
Sarah

Princess

Hebrew

#67 (0.2709%)  
Penny

Greek

#711 (0.0228%)  
Jack

God is gracious

English

#28 (0.643%)  
Penelope

Weaver

Greek

#26 (0.4712%)  

9 Comments

  1. We chose Thomas because St Thomas Moore and St Thomas Aquinas are my husband’s favorite saints.

  2. I chose the name Thomas because it’s my husbands brothers middle name

  3. My husband said he doesn’t have a sone named after him and it was important that he had a son with his name so we named him Thomas Franklin III. Me personally I did not like the name because I just think it’s an older person name if you catch my drift lol.

  4. We named our son Thomas Wayne after his grandfather ( my dad, Thomas. RIP ) and Wayne after his great grandfather, RIP.

  5. Thomas is a family name and my husbands middle name. I also went to psychic an she said she saw ‘two heads’ but that it was one baby. Well Thomas means twin so I think he was trying to tell us what he wanted to be named. I only discovered this after we had already decided Thomas was what we wanted to call him.

  6. We’ll I am a mom of 5 total know when I was pregnant with Thomas we let are other 4 help pick his name since it was my last one and they picked Thomas because of Thomas the train know I am ok with that but hate that people may be like aww you named him after a train lol

  7. We made friends with this guy whose brother’s name was Thomas and my husband and I immediately liked it and said if we ever have a baby boy, we’d call him Thomas.

  8. We always loved the name Thomas – it was a strong name that could work for a young child and a grown man. It has a few nicknames, but we use Thomas in its entirety. I think it’s a great name and so does our Thomas!

  9. We picked it because we named our son after the best man at our wedding. We looked up the meaning, twin. After he was born, the name was right. My son was the spitting image of his dad, who is the spitting image of his dad. After he was born, I loved to see all the ways his name was perfect for him. When I was little, I had a pretend brother named Tommy (my son is called Thomas) and it’s a form of my maiden name.


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