Tom Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Thomas. Polish: from a short form of the personal name Tomasz (see Thomas). Chinese: see Tan.

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

Similar surnames: Toma, Tome, Toms, Dom, Toy, Loy, Pol, Toop, Tock, Tuomi

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Tom Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tom name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Tom. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • China


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Tom Family Origin

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Tom Family Occupations

What did your Tom ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tom. The most common Tom occupation in the UK was Farmer. 14% of Tom's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Tom family was Gentleman.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Gentleman


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Tom Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Tom. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tom 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Tom. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Tom. For the veterans among your Tom ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tom Life Expectancy

What is the average Tom lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Tom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Tom in 1942 was 40, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tom ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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