Thomas Family History

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Thomas Name Meaning

English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, and South Indian: from the medieval personal name, of Biblical origin, from Aramaic t’om’a, a byname meaning ‘twin’. It was borne by one of the disciples of Christ, best known for his scepticism about Christ’s resurrection (John 20:24–29). The th- spelling is organic, the initial letter of the name in the Greek New Testament being a theta. The English pronunciation as t rather than th- is the result of French influence from an early date. In Britain the surname is widely distributed throughout the country, but especially common in Wales and Cornwall. The Ukrainian form is Choma. It is found as a personal name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. is used as a family name among families from southern India.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Thomes, Toma, Thuma, Tomasi, Choma, Tomes, Tobias, Thorman, Thoman

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Thomas Family Origin

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Thomas Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Thomas family was Agricultural Labourer. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thomas. The most common Thomas occupation in the UK was Farmer. 10% of Thomas's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Thomas Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4 million census records available for the last name Thomas. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thomas census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 529,000 immigration records available for the last name Thomas. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 800,000 military records available for the last name Thomas. For the veterans among your Thomas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Thomas Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Thomas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Thomas in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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