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Origins of the Thompson surname

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What does the name Thompson mean?

Thompson is a common surname that is believed to have largely Scottish origin. It's the fourteenth most common surname in the UK and twenty third most popular in the United States, with a considerable frequency in Ireland due to the plantation of the country. The Thompson surname is most often thought to be a patronymic name to refer to a 'son of Thomas', and can sometimes also be seen as an anglicisation of the name 'MacTavish'. More rarely, the surname Thompson can sometimes be used as a geographic surname, in reference to the village of Thompson, Norfolk.

Alternative variations of the name Thompson

Thompson, Thomson, Tompson, Tomson, Thomsone

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Where do most Thompsons live?

In 1921, most Thompsons lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Thompsons

How common is your surname?

18th most common surname in the UK

We have 917,000 records for the Thompson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Thompsons most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Johnsons

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What are the most common Thompson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Thompsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Thompsons in 1921
Dressmaker

3,942

Domestic Servant

2,234

Cotton Weaver

1,997

General Servant Domestic

1,955

Laundress

1,733

Common Male occupations for Thompsons in 1921
Coal Miner

4,072

General Labourer

3,412

Agricultural Labourer

2,967

Farmer

2,751

Joiner

2,367

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