Tom - boys name

Tom name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 86%

Tom name meaning:

The name Tom is a shortened form of the name Thomas, which is derived from the Aramaic word "toma" meaning "twin". The name became popular in the early Christian era due to the apostle Thomas, also known as "Doubting Thomas". According to biblical accounts, Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and gained recognition for his initial skepticism towards Jesus' resurrection.

In modern times, the name Tom has evolved into a standalone name rather than just a diminutive of Thomas. It is often associated with traits such as reliability, practicality, and straightforwardness. People named Tom are perceived to be friendly, down-to-earth, and approachable. The simplicity and familiarity of the name also contribute to its widespread usage. It is a name that has stood the test of time and remains a popular choice for boys.

Overall, the name Tom carries a sense of familiarity, reliability, and approachability. It is connected to a historical figure and embodies traits that are considered positive and desirable in individuals.

Origin: Greek

Form of Thomas. A twin.


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Overall UK ranking: 676 out of 4789

53 recorded births last year

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    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (262)

Historical popularity of Tom

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