Thompson (surname)

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Thompson
Pronunciation /ˈtɒmpsən/ TOMP-sən
Origin
MeaningSon of Thom, Son of Thomas, Son of Tom
Other names
Variant form(s)Di Tommaso, Thom, Thomas, Thomason, Thomassen, Thomasson, Thomson, Tom, Tomadze, Tomašević, Tomashov, Tomashvili, Tomaszewicz, Tomescu, Tommasi, Tumasian, Tumasyan
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Thompson is a patronymic surname of Scottish origin, with a variety of spellings, meaning "son of Thom". [2] An alternative origin may be geographical, arising from the placename Thompson. [3] During the Plantation period, settlers carried the name to Ireland. There has been a third alternative claim made that Thom(p)son originated as the English translation of MacTavish, which is the Anglicised version of the Gaelic name of MacTamhais. [4]

A patronymic surname is a surname originated from the given name of the father or a patrilineal ancestor. Different cultures have different ways of producing patronymic surnames.

Scotland Country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, with a border with England to the southeast, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast, the Irish Sea to the south, and more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Thompson, Norfolk village and civil parish in Breckland, Norfolk, England

Thompson is a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It covers an area of 9.20 km2 (3.55 sq mi) and including Tottington had a population of 341 in 147 households at the 2001 census, increasing to a population of 343 in 155 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Breckland.

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Thompson is the 14th most common surname in the United Kingdom. According to the 2010 United States Census, Thompson was the 23rd most frequently reported surname, accounting for 0.23% of the population. [5]

Notable people with the surname

A–D

Addison Roswell Thompson, known as A. Roswell Thompson or as Rozzy Thompson, was a segregationist and white supremacist who ran as a perennial fringe candidate for governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana, mayor of New Orleans, and other offices as well on fourteen occasions between 1954 and 1975.

Questlove American rapper, multi-instrumentalist and journalist from Pennsylvania

Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as Questlove, is an American musician and music journalist. He is the drummer and joint frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. The Roots has been serving as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since February 17, 2014. Questlove is also one of the producers of the Broadway musical Hamilton. He is the co-founder of the websites Okayplayer and OkayAfrica. Additionally, he is an adjunct instructor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University.

The Shannon family is an American family, its members best known for their involvement in reality television. The family first appeared on TV in 2011, when June "Mama June" Shannon and then five-year-old daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, appeared on the TLC series, Toddlers & Tiaras. Alana's victories within the children's beauty pageant circuit coupled with her outgoing personality meant the two regularly appeared on the show and their success with audiences ultimately allowed them to have their own reality TV series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which featured Alana's siblings, Anna, Jessica, and Lauryn, and other extended family members. Other programs featuring the family include Mama June: From Not to Hot, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, Dr. Phil, and The Doctors.

E–H

Edward Henry Thompson OBE was a Scottish businessman. A well-known figure in the Scottish retail industry, he founded the convenience store chain Morning, Noon and Night in 1991, which he later sold for £30 million in 2004. He was awarded the OBE for services to the Scottish grocery industry in 2005.

Edward Thompson was an English railway engineer, and was Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Eastern Railway between 1941 and 1946. Edward Thompson was born at Marlborough, Wiltshire on 25 June 1881. He was the son of an assistant master at Marlborough College. He was educated at Marlborough before taking the Mechanical Science Tripos at Pembroke College, Cambridge, earning a third class degree. Thompson's academic background contrasts with that of his predecessor Nigel Gresley, who had also attended Marlborough, but then gained practical experience as a pupil at Horwich Works.

Elaine Thompson Jamaican athletics competitor

Elaine Thompson is a Jamaican track and field sprinter. She rose to prominence at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, completing a rare sprint double to win gold in the 100m and the 200m (21.78 s). The previous Olympian to so do was Florence Griffith Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Thompson currently ranks as the fifth-fastest woman in the 200 metres event and tied fourth-fastest in the 100 metres.

I–K

Ian Thompson was a Bahamian high jumper.

Ian Reginald Thompson is an English long-distance runner, who gained success in marathon running. His Commonwealth Games marathon record set in 1974 remains unbeaten.

Jack Thompson (activist) American activist and disbarred attorney

John Bruce Thompson is an American activist and disbarred attorney, based in Coral Gables, Florida. Thompson is known for his role as an anti-video-game activist, particularly against violence and sex in video games. During his time as an attorney, Thompson focused his legal efforts against what he perceives as obscenity in modern culture. This included rap music, broadcasts by shock jock Howard Stern, the content of video games and their alleged effects on children.

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References

  1. 1990 Census Name Files Archived 2010-10-07 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  2. Quinn, Seán E. (2000), Surnames in Ireland (Google Snippet), Bray, Ireland: Irish Genealogy Press, p. 173, ISBN   978-1-871509-39-7, OCLC   48632352 , retrieved 1 January 2012
  3. Redmonds, George; King, Turi; Hey, David (2011), "Hereditary Surnames", Surnames, DNA, and Family History, New York: Oxford University Press, Classifying Surnames, ISBN   978-0-19-162036-2 , retrieved 1 Jan 2012
  4. "Scottish Thompson Name is MacTavish". Clan MacTavish. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  5. Bureau, US Census. "Frequently Occurring Surnames from the 2010 Census". www.census.gov. Retrieved 2018-06-07.

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