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Thompson

Surname Origin and Meaning

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.

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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…