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Gender: M Meaning of Tobias: "God is good" Origin of Tobias: Greek from Hebrew Tobias's Popularity in 2013: #491

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Tobias is one of a number of s-ending boys' names that are riding a wave of popularity, now at the midpoint of the Social Security list and poised to rise.

With its Old Testament-Dickensian feel, it's a name with a distinguished pedigree-- Tobias Smollett, for instance, was a major eighteenth century Scottish novelist--that also has a contemporary feel. A contemporary bearer is Tobias Wolff, author of A Boy's Life; Tobias Snape is a Harry Potter character.

Tobias is the name of several biblical figures, but is primarily associated with the story of Tobias and the Angel.

Tobias is currently popular in Europe: it's the second most popular name in Austria and Number 11 in Norway.

The short form Toby has a life of its own, used independently at least as far back as Shakespeare's time, with Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. Toby was the name of a character on The West Wing, and is currently at Number 54 in England. Actor Tobey Maguire was born Tobias and named his son Otis Tobias.

There is also the rarely used but still viable daddy of them all, Tobiah, the name of a rebel Hebrew king.

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Famous People Named Tobias

Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff, American author
Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire, American actor
Tobias John Harris, American basketball player
Otis Tobias Maguire, son of actor Tobey Maguire

Pop Culture References for the Name Tobias

Tobias Funke, Character from "Arrested Development," an idiosyncratic psychiatrist-turned-failing actor played by David Cross.
Tobias "Toby" Ziegler, "The West Wing" character
Tobias Ragg, character from Sweeney Todd.
Tobias, a character from Animorphs
Tobias Hankel, a character from Criminal Minds
Tobias (Toby), Dancing Through the Snow
Tobias Beecher, a character from OZ
Tobias "Toby" Isaacs, character from Degrassi: The Next Generation
Tobias Snape, Severus Snape's father in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Tobias "Four" Eaton, Divergent trilogy
Tobias, Nickys older brother in the Main Street Series

Tobias's International Variations

Tevye (Hebrew) Teive, Tubia (Yiddish)