National Thomas Day is celebrated on July 22. This year, we’re honoring all Thomases. Thomas is a masculine English first name of Aramaic (Hebrew) origin. It means ‘twin’ and is the name of Thomas the Apostle in the Greek ‘New Testament.’ It was a popular choice for males in medieval Europe, owing to the spread of Christianity across the continent. It wasn’t as widespread in the British Isles, but the Norman (French) invasion and occupation of 11th-century England changed that, and by the 14th century, Thomas was a common boy’s name.
History of National Thomas Day
Thomas the Apostle is the earliest and most prominent bearer of this name in history. Also known as Didymus, Thomas was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus in the ‘New Testament.’ He is a central figure among Indian Christians, who believe that he traveled from Rome to Tamilakam (South India) to preach the gospel. Indian Christians view him as their patron saint. Thomas the Apostle is also known for doubting the resurrection of Christ until he saw the weeping wounds from His crucifixion. Saint Thomas Christians have a special place for his name in their hearts.
Thomas Jefferson, a founding father and third President of the United States, is someone we can look up to. During the American Revolution, Jefferson served as Virginia’s representative in the Continental Congress. In 1790, President George Washington appointed Jefferson as the nation’s first Secretary of State. During the creation of the First Party System, Jefferson and other like-minded leaders like James Madison founded the Democratic-Republican Party. Throughout his administration, he protected American shipping and trade interests against oppressive British trade regulations and Barbary pirates from North Africa while expelling native tribes from recently annexed lands at home. Additionally, Jefferson approved a statute that forbade the importing of slaves.
Last but not least is Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of, among other things, the light bulb, the automatic telegraph, the carbon telephone transmitter, and the phonograph. Edison grew up in the American Midwest, working as a telegraph operator, which sparked his imagination. Throughout his career, he collaborated with industry titans such as Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone to develop numerous inventions. Edison holds over 1,000 US patents and is often regarded as the greatest inventor in American history.
National Thomas Day timeline
Thomas Jefferson becomes the third president of the United States.
Thomas Edison patents the first commercially viable lightbulb.
Thomas Lanier Williams III, a.k.a. Tennessee Williams, produces his most famous stage play.
Thomas Stearns Eliot receives the Order of Merit award from the United Kingdom.
National Thomas Day FAQs
Is Thomas a unique name?
Thomas has long been one of the most popular classic baby names in both England and the United States, and it remains in the top 100.
What is the personality of the name Thomas?
When people hear the name Thomas, they perceive you as someone sympathetic, compassionate, and generous. People feel comfortable with and count on you for support. You don’t care about fashion and are often shabbily dressed. Others see you as a maternal or paternal figure.
What is the female version of Thomas?
The female version of Thomas is Thomasina or Thomasine.
National Thomas Day Activities
Watch “Thomas and Friends”
We’re sure you’ve heard of this beloved children’s show. It’s a nice, relaxing way to celebrate National Thomas Day.
Read about Saint Thomas
Did you know the phrase “Doubting Thomas” is associated with Saint Thomas? Find out more about him on National Thomas Day.
Get a name bracelet
Buy yourself a custom Thomas bracelet. You can also get one as a gift for any Thomas you know.
5 Interesting Facts About Famous Thomases
A wine lover
Thomas Jefferson was a wine connoisseur.
Hard of hearing
Thomas Edison was partially deaf.
A premature birth
Thomas Hobbes was born premature, due to his mother’s fear of the imminent Spanish armada invasion.
The coining of a term
Sir Thomas More came up with the word Utopia.
Thomas Paine dropped out of Thetford Grammar School in England.
Why We Love National Thomas Day
A strong, noble name
If you’re looking for a solid, traditional name for your children, Thomas is a perfect choice. It’s a favorite for a reason.
It’s a relic
We mean that in the most excellent way possible. Thomas is an old classic. A callback to biblical times.
Despite its age, Thomas is a name that never seems out of style. It’s always going to be a popular choice.
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