Origin, Meaning, And History of Tomas
Used as a variant of the classic boy’s name Thomas, Tomas originates from the Greek version of the Aramaic term tē’ōma meaning “twin.” Tomas is the Swedish, Norwegian, and Lithuanian variant of the name Thomas. It is culturally similar to Tomás in Spanish and Portuguese and Tomáš in Czech and Slavic variations of Thomas.
Thomas is believed to be associated with the Bible, owing to the name of one of the Twelve Apostles as mentioned in The Gospel of John. He is famous for doubting the Resurrection of Jesus and later confessed his faith on seeing the wounds of Christ’s crucifixion. He is known by the name Judas Thomas i.e Judas, the twin by the Syrians and is sometimes referred to by the Greek name Didymus meaning “twin.” His devotion to Jesus is clearly explained when the latter planned to return to Judaea and was warned of the hostility of the Jews.
Tomas became popular in Britain after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. However, the name caught on in Europe during the 13th and 14th centuries. Tomas became a beloved boy’s name with nicknames like Tom, Tommy, Tommie, Toma, Thom, Tim, and Mas. The moniker Tomas can also be seen as a male variant of the female names Thomasine, Tamsin, and Thomasina, which were later incorporated into English.
Being a quite popular name, Tomas has also appeared in the names of several fictional characters in popular culture. Father Tomas Ortega is a fictional priestly character from the American horror television series “The Exorcist” played by Alfonso Herrera. He is depicted as a warm, and compassionate leader of a small church who loses faith before it is finally restored. Tomas is another fictional character appearing in the video game series “Spyro the Dragon.” In the game, Tomas is an Artisans dragon whose coloration and character model are similar to Thor.
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Famous People With The Name Tomas
- Tomas AranaAmerican actor, best known for his role in “The Hunt for Red October”
- Tomáš BaťaCzech entrepreneur and founder of the Bata shoe company
- Tomas LindahlSwedish-British scientist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015
- Tomas LindbergSwedish vocalist, best known for fronting the death metal band “At The Gates”
- Tomas Ugo BehrendGerman tennis player who was among Top 100 in ATP world rankings
Tomas On The Popularity Chart
Tomas is an all-time favorite in the US and has been popular throughout the 20th century. Check out the graphical representation below to understand better.
Popularity Over Time
Tomas rose in popularity from the 1980s and reached its peak in 2003 with 537 babies per million after which it declined with a slight improvement in 2014 and 2019.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
Tomas was a fairly well-ranked name in the 1980s but lost its ranking in the 1990s with an improvement after 2007. See the graph below to understand its ranking.Source: Social Security Administration
Names With Similar Sound As Tomas
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Names With Similar Meaning As Tomas
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