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In comics, Star Boy's name is Thom Kallor (not Thomas) but in Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, his name was changed to Thomas Kallor. But why was this change done? Is it something to do with Bruce Wayne's father's name which is Thomas Wayne? Or some other reason for the change? As changing name to short form is not so unusual but enlarging name might have some reason behind it.

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    Thom <-> Thomas ? – Vishwa Jun 6 at 7:15
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    I think Vishwa's point is that Thom could simply be a shortened version of "Thomas" – MBorg Jun 6 at 8:03
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    @Darren You've provided no actual evidence that Thom is intended to be the shortened form of Thomas, so why should they accept your answer? – Anthony Grist Jun 6 at 13:40
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    @Darren That's not relevant evidence. Nobody is disputing that Thom can be a shortened form of Thomas. People are disputing that this particular Thom is officially called Thomas. Is there any evidence related to this specific character being asked about where it's made clear that their actual name is Thomas and they're just called Thom as a shortened form? – Anthony Grist Jun 6 at 14:03
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    Can I suggest this conversation goes to chat before we add too many more comments here? – iandotkelly Jun 6 at 14:39
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Tom and Thom are shortened forms of Thomas in the same way that Will is a shortened form of William etc. If someone is called Tom/Thom, it is perfectly plausible that their birth certificate will say Thomas (and possibly they might be called that in more formal settings/by their parents etc).

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Thom is also a first name variant of the abbreviation "Tom" of "Thomas" that holds the "h".

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    His name was Thom not Thomas in comics, there is no short form – Ankit Sharma Jun 6 at 9:36
  • @AnkitSharma yes, I understand. But I feel like you are not listening to what you are being told here and in the comments. Someone can be called Tom, and it is equally valid (usually) to call them Thomas. Liz = Elizabeth, Rob = Robert/Robin and so on. – Darren Jun 6 at 9:38
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    @Darren however Elizabeth gets shorten to Liz. Robert/Robin shorten to Rob. the practice is generally to shorten the same, not make it longer and from what i keep reading, the name has always been Thom. also consider Lex Luthor's name is Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor while i never see that for Thom – Memor-X Jun 6 at 11:25
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    @Darren in AnkitSharma's defense, then why didn't they just call the character Thomas to begin with, because even if "Thom" is a shortened version of Thomas, that doesn't seem to be specified anywhere "in the comics" in relation to this character AND Will or Bill is much more common nick name, then "Thom", as most in contemporary society would opt for Tom and omit the "h" all together. I think the question about why the name designation changed is valid, even if does come down to "Thomas". I think it still deserves some "proof". – Darth Locke Jun 6 at 13:41
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    @Ankit Sharma Suppose that for years a fictional character is called "Billy Dee", and you sometimes read that his family name is Kidd. Then after years, and after he might have grown up a lot, he is suddenly called "William Donald Kidd". Wouldn't you naturally assume that his name was always "William Donald Kidd" and he was just called "Billy" because it is short for William, and "Dee" because that's how the initial "D" would be pronounced? Why assume that "Thom Kallor" & "Thomas Kallor" are different from "Billy Dee Kidd" & "William Donald Kidd"? – M. A. Golding Jun 6 at 16:29

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