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Gender: M Meaning of Thaddeus: "gift of God" Origin of Thaddeus: Aramaic, meaning unclear, possibly from Theodore Thaddeus's Popularity in 2013: #797

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Thaddeus, a distinguished, long-neglected appellation, has several areas of appeal: a solid New Testament legacy, a nice antique feel, and the choice of several more modern nicknames and international variations--we particularly like the Italian Taddeo. It gained some momentum in 2013, and reached Number 797.

In the Bible, Thaddeus was one of the original Twelve Apostles, who is referred to variously as Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus, as Judas the son of James, and as Judas, not Iscariot-- many believing that Thaddeus was the surname used to distinguish him from the treacherous Judas Iscariot.

Thaddeus has made any number of screen appearances in vehicles ranging from "Spongebob Squarepants" to "Police Academy" to "Get Smart" (it was the given name of the Chief) to Harry Potter. As Tadzio--the Slavic version--he played a leading role in Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice."

In real life, Taddeo Gaddi was a renowned Renaissance painter and Thaddeus Stevens was a dominant political figure during the Civil War.

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Famous People Named Thaddeus

St. Judas (Jude) Thaddeus - Patron Saint of lost causes
Thaddeus Lewis, American football player
Thaddeus Gibson, American football player
Thaddeus Young, American basketball player
Thaddeus Luckinbill, American actor
Thaddeus Rowe (b. 2007), son of Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill
Thaddeus Ann "Teddy" Bensimon, daughter of Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Gilles Bensimon
Thaddeus Stevens - Civil War era member of the House of Representatives and opponent of slavery.
Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, son of American actress Mia Farrow

Pop Culture References for the Name Thaddeus

Thaddeus Stone - character in the film 'The Family Stone'
Thaddeus - character on Phineas and Ferb
Thaddeus Bradley - from the movie 'Now You See Me'
Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture - character in 'The Venture Brothers'
Thaddeus James Martin, character from "All My Children"

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Thaddeus's International Variations

Tadeas, Tades (Czech) Thadee (French) Thaddaus (German) Taddeus (Greek) Tade (Hungarian) Taddeo, Thaddeo (Italian) Tadek, Tadeuz, Tadzio (Polish) Faddei, Fadey, Tadey (Russian) Tadeo (Spanish)