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The THOMAS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 710,696 14 0.263 2,634
United States (1880 census) 147,532 14 0.295 2,951
Change since 1880 +563164 0 -0.032 -317
Other Countries
Australia 27,276 13 0.167 1,669
United Kingdom 145,711 9 0.317 3,173
Top States for THOMAS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 54,283 23 0.260 2,603
Florida 48,875 14 0.306 3,058
California 47,503 35 0.140 1,402
Georgia 36,277 8 0.443 4,431
Ohio 34,268 10 0.302 3,018
Top States for THOMAS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 24,740 8 0.556 5,563
Louisiana 24,233 8 0.542 5,422
Washington DC 2,688 8 0.470 4,699
Mississippi 12,944 13 0.455 4,550
Georgia 36,277 8 0.443 4,431


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called THOMAS live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called THOMAS represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called THOMAS in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a THOMAS by picking someone at random in Alabama than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of THOMAS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the THOMAS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the THOMAS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of THOMAS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 394,649 55.53
Black/African American 271,273 38.17
Mixed Race 14,214 2
Asian/Pacific 11,584 1.63
White (Hispanic) 11,798 1.66
Native American/Alaskan 7,178 1.01

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the THOMAS surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of THOMAS in historical publications

(origin: Heb.) A twin, double, called in Greek ??, of two hearts, because of his doubting.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

AP THOMAS. (Welsh.) The son of Thomas.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to THOMAS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as THOMAS.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for THOMAS

The following words are slight variants of THOMAS that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.