The surname of Thomas can be traced back to many different countries of which no definite answer can be ascertained as to the actual origin of the name. This includes nations like Dutch, German, South Indian, Danish, English as well as French. In the case of South Indian, the name derives from a Biblical source of origin in which t’om’a, in Aramaic means twin and refers to one of Christ’s deciples. The th in the surname can be attributed to the Greek version of the New Testament in referting to the use of Theta. In most cases though, the surname of Thomas is currently only found in Enlish speaking nations and according to the most recent U.S. Census it is considered to be the 12th most common name used.
With this said though, one will find that when doing research on their family history that there has been many famous people who have had the surname of Thomas. So many in fact, that the chances of you being related to someone who was famous may be very good. Ambroise Thomas for example was a French composer while at the same time Anthony Thomas was a popular American NFL player. There have been a number of persons who have shared the first names of both Carl and Chris in past history and were famous. Both Danny and David Thomas is also a very common choice of given names and with regards to persons who were famous and shared the names includes comedians, actors, football players, politicians and many others.
Isaiah Thomas is a common choice for a given name as well with one such Thomas being a revolutionary newspaper publisher, another was an American basketball player and yet still another was a famous boxer. For those who love comics though, the editor-in-chief for the infamous Marvel Comics was none other then Roy Thomas.
Let’s face it though, there have been many people named Thomas who were or still are famous. Finding someone in your family’s history who was well-known to others may be possible. In researching your family’s history though, you will be glad to know that there are many other surnames which are considered to be far more common then Thomas so this will help make tracing your lineage a simpler task.
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Updated On: 04/04/2009