14/08/2014 17:00 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Thomas - The Meaning, Origin And Other Facts About The Name

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The name Thomas comes from the Biblical Greek word for twin.

It appears in the New Testament and is the name of one of the 12 apostles. Thomas the Apostle is also known as 'doubting Thomas' or Didymus, as he initially doubted the resurrection of Jesus.

Famous people called Thomas:
Tom Jones, singer (real name Thomas John Woodward)
Tom Fletcher, singer McFly/McBusted
Tom Hanks, actor
Tom Cruise, actor (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV)
Tom Daley, Olympic diver
Thom Yorke, singer Radiohead
Tom Hardy, actor (born Edward Thomas Hardy)
Tom Selleck, actor
Tom Baker, actor
Tom Felton, actor best known for playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies
Tom Hiddleson, actor best known for his work in the films Thor and The Avengers
Tom Ford, fashion designer
Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb
Thomas Jefferson, American president
Thomas the Tank Engine, popular children's character

Can be shortened to: Tom, Tommy, Thom, Tommie

Surnames to avoid pairing Thomas with:
If your surname is Thomas or Thompson you may not want to pick Thomas as a first name, to avoid the 'so good they named him twice' jokes!

Similar names:
Tomkin, Tomlin (English), Toman, Tomik (Czech), Tommaso (Italian), Tomos (Welsh), Tomas (Spanish), Tamas (Hungarian), Tomislaw (Polish) and Tomeo (Japanese)

Female variations:
Tamsin, Tami, Tammie, Tammy and Thomasin, Thomasina, Thomasine, Tam and Tomiko.

Celebrities who named their baby Thomas:
Britt Ekland, actor
Jamie Lee Curtis, actor
Mel Gibson, actor