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Origin of the name TOM.
Etymology of the name TOM.
Meaning of the baby name TOM.


TOM.  A short form of English Thomas (q.v.), meaning "a twin." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).  Usage: America, Cornwall, England, Isle of Man, Ireland.

    Nicknames from fathers' or mothers' Christian names are very common.  Many of these are nurse or pet-names.  Thus Kennish in his poem "The Curraghs of Lezayre":

"Now, I'll be bail his name is Quaile—
    I see it in his face."
"As sure as life," exclaimed the wife,
    "He's something to that race."

"Yes, you are right, good dame," said I,
    "That is my father's name,
Though not the one that I go by,
    Nor like unto the same;
I'm called by all, both great and small,

i.e., Bill, the Son of Little Tommy, the Son of Big Tom, "TOM-MOAR" being the grandfather. (Manx Names, Moore, 1906)


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