Thompson
Surname Origin and Meaning
Surname Origin

Thompson means 'son of Thomas', itself a surname deriving from the Medieval first name meaning twin. The first name Thomas grew in popularity following the murder of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket in 1170. Famous people named Thompson include actress Emma Thompson, athlete Daley Thompson and inventor of the machine gun, or 'Tommy Gun', John T Thompson.

Discover your ancestors' surnames!

Explore the Thompson
Family Tree

Discover more about the Thompson story

Find out who your ancestors were

Your name is all it takes to get started

Explore the Thompson Family Tree

ThompsonBorn:FatherBorn:MotherBorn:

Ready to discover more about the Thompson story?

Find out who your ancestors were, how they lived and what they did

Your name is all it takes to get started building your FREE family tree

Thompson Genealogy and Family History

The earliest occurrence of the Thompson surname in our family history documents is from 1518, and we currently have 6,013,272 records where Thompson appears. Here are a few more facts to get you started…

Discover Thompson records

Find out more about the Thompson name by looking in our records