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Thompson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name T(h)om(me) (see Thom ) + -son ‘son of Tom’. Thomson is usually the Scottish form that with the intrusive -p- being English. Both forms are common in Ireland. The surname Thompson is also very common among African Americans. Americanized form of Danish Norwegian and North German Thomsen and of its Swedish cognate Thomsson. Compare Thomson .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Thomason, Tompson, Thomas, Tomson, Thomasson, Thomerson, Hampson

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Where is the Thompson family from?

You can see how Thompson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thompson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thompson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 17,300 Thompson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 18% of all the recorded Thompson's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Thompson families in 1891.
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What did your Thompson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Thompson. 7% of Thompson men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Thompson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thompson were Incapacitated and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 4 million census records available for the last name Thompson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thompson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 662,000 immigration records available for the last name Thompson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 727,000 military records available for the last name Thompson. For the veterans among your Thompson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thompson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Thompson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Thompson in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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