English - Etymology
From Ancient Greek Θωμᾶς (Thōmâs), the Biblical Greek transcription of Aramaic תאומא or תאמא (“twin”), the nickname of one of the Twelve Apostles. In the gospel of John (11:16, 20:24), the Aramaic nickname is also translated into Greek, as δίδυμος (dídumos). Rendered Thomas in the Vulgate, and hence in English Bible translations. Use as a given name since the Middle Ages, e.g. Thomas the Presbyter (7th century), Thomas the Slav (8th century), Thomas of Bayeux (died 1100).
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
English - Proper Noun
An Apostle, best remembered for doubting the resurrection of Jesus.
1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version), John 20:24-25
- But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
- 1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version), John 20:24-25
A male given name of biblical origin, popular since the 13th century.
- 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, chapter VI
- 1941 Judith Kelly, Marriage is a Private Affair, Harper 1944, page 133:
- A common patronymic surname.
- A city in Oklahoma
- A city in West Virginia
Danish - Alternative Forms
Danish - Proper Noun
Danish - References
Dutch - Alternative Forms
Dutch - Proper Noun
French - Proper Noun
- Thomas (biblical figure)
- A male given name of biblical origin.
German - Proper Noun
Jèrriais - Proper Noun
Norwegian - Alternative Forms
Norwegian - Etymology
Norwegian - Proper Noun
Norwegian - References
- Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
-  Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 23 499 males with the given name Thomas ( compared to 2 408 named Tomas) living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1980s. Accessed on April 29th, 2011.
Swedish - Proper Noun
Swedish - References
- Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
-  Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, ISBN 9119551622: 59 976 males with the given name Thomas (compared to 33 505 named Tomas) living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.