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Gender: M Meaning of Tobias: "God is good" Origin of Tobias: Greek from Hebrew Tobias's Popularity in 2014: #419

Tobias is one of a number of s-ending boys' names that are riding a wave of popularity. It's already above 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 modern feel. A contemporary bearer is Tobias Wolff, author of A Boy's Life. Tobias Snape, meanwhile, 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.

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 also was the name of a character on The West Wing. 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.

Famous People Named Tobias

Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff, American novelist
Tobias George Smollett, Scottish novelist and poet
Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire, American actor
Tobias John Harris, American basketball player
Tobias Matthew, English Archbishop of York
Tobias Kamke, German tennis player
Tobias Michel Karel Asser, Dutch lawyer, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Tobias Furneaux, English navigator
(Glenn) Tobias Hysén, Swedish footballer
Tobias "Theo" Leendert Bamberg, Dutch magician
Otis Tobias Maguire, son of actor Tobey Maguire
Tobias Menzes, English actor in Outlander series

Pop Culture References for the name Tobias

Tobias Funke, character on TV's "Arrested Development"
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 Kennish from the TV series Switched at Birth
Tobias Herondale, mentioned in "The Lost Herondale" by Cassandra Clare

Tobias's International Variations

Tevye (Hebrew) Teive, Tubia (Yiddish)