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Thompson (surname)

Thompson is a patronymic surname of English and Scottish origin, with a variety of spellings meaning "son of Thom".[2] An alternative origin may be geographical, arising from the placename Thompson.[3] Thom(p)son is the English translation of MacTavish, which is also the Anglicized version of the Gaelic name of MacTamhais.[4][5] During the Plantation period, settlers carried the name to Ireland. It is the 14th most common surname in the United Kingdom and 23rd most common in the United States.[6] According to the 2010 United States Census, Thompson was the 23rd most frequently reported surname, accounting for 0.23% of the population.[7]

Pronunciation/ˈtɒmpsən/ TOMP-sən
MeaningSon of Thom, Son of Thomas, Son of Tom
Other names
Variant(s)Di Tommaso, MacTavish, MacTamhais, Tavis, Thom, Thomas, Thomason, Thomassen, Thomasson, Thomson, Tom, Tomadze, Tomašević, Tomashov, Tomashvili, Tomaszewicz, Tomescu, Tommasi, Tumasian, Tumasyan
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  1. ^ 1990 Census Name Files Archived 2010-10-07 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  2. ^ Quinn, Seán E. (2000), Surnames in Ireland (Google Snippet), Bray, Ireland: Irish Genealogy Press, p. 173, ISBN 978-1-871509-39-7, OCLC 48632352, retrieved 1 January 2012
  3. ^ Redmonds, George; King, Turi; Hey, David (2011), "Hereditary Surnames", Surnames, DNA, and Family History, New York: Oxford University Press, Classifying Surnames, ISBN 978-0-19-162036-2, retrieved 1 Jan 2012
  4. ^ "MacTavish is Thom(p)son". Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  5. ^ "Thom(p)son is MacTavish". Official Clan MacTavish Seannachie. Archived from the original on December 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  6. ^ "Thompson Surname Meaning, Origins & Distribution". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  7. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Frequently Occurring Surnames from the 2010 Census". Retrieved 2018-06-07.

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