Thomas is almost as ubiquitous a good ol’ fashioned American name as John or James. One of the best parts of the name Thomas is that there are so many inspiring namesakes: the Biblical doubting Thomas, President Thomas Jefferson, inventor Thomas Edison, literary rascal Tom Sawyer, and of course, the one your little guy is most apt to love, Thomas the Tank Engine.


  • German: Medieval short form of all German male names beginning with the prefix Diet (as in Dietrich)
  • Teutonic: People's rule



Alternate Spellings


Famous Namesakes

Actor Tom Hanks, Actor Tom Cruise, Inventor Thomas Edison, President Thomas Jefferson, Athlete Tom Brady, Anchorman Tom Brokaw

Celebrity Babies

Son of Jack Black, Son of Mel Gibson, Son of Dana Carvey, Son of Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest