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Variant of Thomson, from Tom +‎ -son, originally meaning "son of Thomas". Also an anglicisation of the Gaelic name MacTamhais, meaning "son of Thomas". Many with the name MacTavish changed their name to Thomson and Thompson after Culloden.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A British surname​.
  2. A village in Bulgaria
  3. A town in Connecticut
  4. A city in Iowa
  5. A city in Manitoba
  6. A town in New York
  7. A city in North Dakota
  8. A borough in Pennsylvania

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Thompson is the 23rd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 664,644 individuals. Thompson is most common among White (69.8%) and Black/African American (23.6%) individuals.