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tɛmz; for 3 also θeɪmz, teɪmzthames

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Thames, River Thames, Thames Rivernoun

    the longest river in England; flows eastward through London to the North Sea


  1. Thamesnoun

    River in southern England flowing 336 km (209 mi.) through London to the North Sea.

  2. Thamesnoun

    River in Ontario province, Canada, flowing 258 km (160 mi.) to Lake St. Clair.

  3. Thamesnoun

    Estuary in the U.S. State of Connecticut flowing 24 km (15 mi.) past New London to Long Island Sound.

  4. Etymology: From Temese, from Tamesis, ultimately of origin. The letter h was mistakenly inserted during the Renaissance, to make the word appear as if it was derived from Greek. The pronunciation, though, did not change to.


  1. Thames

    The River Thames ( (listen) TEMZ), known alternatively in parts as the River Isis, is a river that flows through southern England including London. At 215 miles (346 km), it is the longest river entirely in England and the second-longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. The river rises at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, and flows into the North Sea near Tilbury, Essex and Gravesend, Kent, via the Thames Estuary. From the west it flows through Oxford (where it is sometimes called the Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor. The Thames also drains the whole of Greater London.In August 2022, the source of the river moved five miles to beyond Somerford Keynes due to the heatwave in July 2022.The lower reaches of the river are called the Tideway, derived from its long tidal reach up to Teddington Lock. Its tidal section includes most of its London stretch and has a rise and fall of 23 ft (7 m). From Oxford to the Estuary the Thames drops by 55 metres. Running through some of the drier parts of mainland Britain and heavily abstracted for drinking water, the Thames' discharge is low considering its length and breadth: the Severn has a discharge almost twice as large on average despite having a smaller drainage basin. In Scotland, the Tay achieves more than double the Thames' average discharge from a drainage basin that is 60% smaller. Along its course are 45 navigation locks with accompanying weirs. Its catchment area covers a large part of south-eastern and a small part of western England; the river is fed by at least 50 named tributaries. The river contains over 80 islands. With its waters varying from freshwater to almost seawater, the Thames supports a variety of wildlife and has a number of adjoining Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with the largest being in the North Kent Marshes and covering 20.4 sq mi (5,289 ha).


  1. Thames

    Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. It is located on the Firth of Thames close to the mouth of the Waihou River. The town is the seat of the Thames-Coromandel District Council. The Māori iwi are Ngāti Maru, who are descendants of Marutuahu's son Te Ngako. Ngāti Maru is part of the Ngati Marutuahu confederation of tribes or better known as Hauraki Iwi. Many people migrated to Thames at its peak, and it was soon the second-largest city in New Zealand. However, as the gold began to diminish, so did the number of inhabitants, and although Thames never shrank, it has never grown much either. It is still the biggest town on the Coromandel. The population in the 2006 census was 6,756, an increase of 51 since 2001.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Thames

    the most important river of Great Britain, formed by the junction at Lechdale of four head-streams—the Isis, Churn, Coln, and Leach—which spring from the SE. slope of the Cotswold Hills; winds across the southern midlands eastwards till in a wide estuary it enters the North Sea; forms the boundary-line between several counties, and passes Oxford, Windsor, Eton, Richmond, London, Woolwich, and Gravesend; navigable for barges to Lechdale, and for ocean steamers to Tilbury Docks; tide is felt as far as Teddington, 80 m.; length estimated at 250 m.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Thames

    To assert that this name has been derived from the Latin (?) Thamesis, “the broad Isis,” or that it expresses the conjunction of the Thame and the Isis, is ridiculous. The word is wholly Celtic, from tam, smooth, and esis, one of the many variants of the original uisg, water. It is quite true that that portion of our noble river which flows past Oxford is called the Isis, but the name is scholastic only, and cannot be found in any ancient charter or historical document. Thames simply means smooth water, or, if we care to admit it, “the smooth Isis.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Thames is ranked #4654 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Thames surname appeared 7,619 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Thames.

    59.5% or 4,538 total occurrences were White.
    34.9% or 2,659 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 199 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 152 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 37 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 34 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Thames' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4636

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thames in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thames in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Thames in a Sentence

  1. David Barber:

    The law states that the queen can own any swan swimming in open waters if she so wishes, but she mainly exercises that right on the River Thames, today swan upping is about conservation and education.

  2. Jill McCullough:

    Andrew Jack lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, Jill McCullough was fiercely independent but madly in love with Jill McCullough wife, also a dialect coach, Gabrielle Rogers.

  3. Rob Lyon:

    I saw a car, the crunch of car hitting the curb. I kind of thought the guy had maybe had a heart attack or something, it hit several people. I jumped out the way into a road,( my) colleagues jumped the other way towards the Thames but held on, thankfully.

  4. Queen Swan Marker David Barber:

    Swan Upping is the way of monitoring the welfare of the Thames swans, it dates right back to the 12th century when swans then were eaten, they were an important food; but of course today it is all about conservation and education.

  5. David Nichols:

    This is akin to shutting the Thames Barrier after a storm surge, we need to give communities most at risk of flooding a chance to defend their homes before extreme weather strikes.

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