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Meaningson of Thomas
Region of origin Denmark
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Variant form(s)Thomason, Thomson, Thompson

Thomsen is a Danish patronymic surname meaning "son of Tom (or Thomas)", itself derived from the Aramaic תום or Tôm, meaning "twin". There are many varied surname spellings, with the first historical record believed to be found in 1252. Thomsen is uncommon as a given name. [1] [2] [3]

Denmark Constitutional monarchy in Europe

Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country. Denmark proper, which is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. The southernmost of the Scandinavian nations, Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also includes two autonomous territories in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.

A patronymic, or patronym, is a component of a personal name based on the given name of one's father, grandfather, or an earlier male ancestor. A component of a name based on the name of one's mother or a female ancestor is a matronymic. Each is a means of conveying lineage.

A surname, family name, or last name is the portion of a personal name that indicates a person's family. Depending on the culture, all members of a family unit may have identical surnames or there may be variations based on the cultural rules.


People with the surname Thomsen include:


Britta Thomsen Danish politician

Britta Thomsen is a Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament. She is a member of the Social Democrats, which is part of the Party of European Socialists, and is vice-chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.


Cecilie Thomsen is a Danish actress and model.

Christian Jürgensen Thomsen archaeologist

Christian Jürgensen Thomsen was a Danish antiquarian who developed early archaeological techniques and methods.

Claus Thomsen is a Danish former professional footballer. He won the Danish Cup with AGF Aarhus and played in England for top level teams Ipswich Town and Everton, as well as Wolfsburg in Germany. He played 20 matches for the Danish national team, and represented Denmark at the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 European Championship.



Finn Thomsen Danish speedway rider

Finn Thomsen is a former motorcycle speedway rider

Fred Thomsen American football player and coach

Fred Charles Thomsen was an American football player and coach. From 1929 to 1941, he was the head football coach at the University of Arkansas, compiling a record of 56–61–10. In 1949, he became the head football coach at Southwest Missouri State College, now Missouri State University, where he served until 1952. His record at Southwest Missouri State was 19–17–4. Thomsen's career record as a head coach was 75–78–4. Thomsen played for the Rock Island Independents in the National Football League (NFL) for one season in 1924.


Gerhard Thomsen was a German mathematician, probably best known for his work in various branches of geometry.

Grímur Thomsen Icelandic poet and editor

Grímur Thomsen, Icelandic poet and editor, was born in Bessastaðir in 1820. He was the son of Þorgrímur Tómasson, a goldsmith. In 1837, he went to the University of Copenhagen, where he studied law and philology, but he also became interested in philosophy and aesthetics. He became an enthusiastic follower of the Pan-Scandinavian movement, although this was not generally favored by his countrymen.

Týr (band) folk metal band from the Faroe Islands

Týr is a Faroese folk metal band. They have been characterised as one of "the islands' two most successful metal bands". Their subject matter revolves almost entirely around Viking lore, mythology, and history, taking their name from Týr, the god of war in Norse religion.


Hans Peter Jørgen Julius Thomsen Danish chemist and scientist

Hans Peter Jørgen Julius Thomsen was a Danish chemist noted in thermochemistry for the Thomsen–Berthelot principle.

Hasse Evert Thomsén was a heavyweight boxer from Sweden who won the bronze medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. In the semifinals he was defeated by Romania's eventual silver medalist Ion Alexe on points (0:5).










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  1. Hanks, Hardcastle and Hodges, Oxford Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, ISBN   978-0-19-861060-1, p. 260.
  2. "Thomsen Surname Meaning and Distribution". Retrieved 25 January 2014
  3. "Surname: Thomsen". Name Origin Research. Retrieved 2014-05-07.

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