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Many people think of Tommy as a nickname for Thomas, and technically, it is. However, for decades, it's been a popular given name in its own right for baby boys in the United States. Tommy pairs well with most current boys' names, like Aiden and Oliver, to make it sound a bit more 21st century. It's also a great way to honor a father, grandfather, or other loved one named Thomas.

Meaning of the name Tommy:

Hebrew: Twin

Origin of the name Tommy:

Tommy is a shortened version of the given name Thomas, which means “twin.” Thomas was one of Jesus's 12 apostles in the Bible, which is where the name originated.

Symbolism of the name Tommy:

Because of its meaning, new parents may see Tommy as a symbol of a twin. For example, their new son may look just like another relative, or he could literally be a twin to his brother or sister. Because of its biblical background, Christian parents may also find symbolism there.

Style of the name Tommy:

Traditional

Gender of the name Tommy:

Tommy is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Tommy:

TOM-ee

Number of syllables in the name Tommy:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Tommy:

The baby name Tommy evokes images of someone who is thoughtful and curious.

Alternative spellings for the name Tommy:

  • Tommie
  • Tomie
  • Tommey
  • Tomi
  • Tomie

Nicknames for the name Tommy:

  • Tom

Popularity of the name Tommy:

According to the Social Security Administration, Tommy has been a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States since at least 1900. It even made the top 100 list during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. It last ranked at number 746 in 2020.

Related names for the name Tommy:

Great middle names for Tommy and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Tommy:

  • Tommy Cairo (wrestler)
  • Tommy Chong (actor)
  • Tommy Dorsey (musician)
  • Tommy Hilfiger (fashion designer)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (actor)

Tommys in popular culture:

  • Tommy (character in the Marvel Comics universe)
  • Tommy Carcetti (character from the TV show “The Wire”)
  • Tommy Gavin (character from the TV show “Rescue Me”)
  • Tommy Pickles (character from the TV show “Rugrats”)
  • Tommy Settergren (character in the book “Pippi Longstocking”)