The name Thomas means ‘twin’.
Thomas is a boy’s name of Aramaic origin meaning ‘twin’.
Thomas is the Greek variation of the Aramaic name Ta’oma’ originating because there were too many apostles named Judas.
Thus, Jesus renamed one Thomas, meaning ‘twin’, to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot and the Judas also known as Thaddeus.
Initially, it was used only for priests.
The English martyr Thomas Becket, an archbishop of Canterbury who was famously slain by a couple of King Henry II’s knights on the church altar while delivering a sermon, supplied the name with additional honor in the English speaking world.
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