Aramaic, meaning unclear, possibly from Theodore
"gift of God"

Thaddeus Origin and Meaning

The name Thaddeus is a boy's name of Aramaic origin meaning "gift of God".

Thaddeus, a distinguished, long-neglected name, 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.

In the Bible, Thaddeus was one of the original Twelve Apostles.

Thaddeus has made quite a few screen appearances, 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, Thaddeus Stevens was a dominant political figure during the Civil War. Mia Farrow has a son named Thaddeus.

# 903 in the US

Thaddeus Rank in US Top 1000

# 225 on Nameberry

Thaddeus Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Thaddeus Popularity

Famous People Named Thaddeus

  • Thaddeus TukesChicago jazz musician
  • Saint Judas (Jude) Thaddeuspatron saint of lost causes
  • Saint Thaddeus of Edessaone of the 70 apostles of Christ
  • Thaddeus LewisAmerican football player
  • Thaddeus GibsonAmerican football player
  • Thaddeus YoungAmerican basketball player
  • Thaddeus BullardSr., birth name of Titus O'Neil, American arena football player and pro wrestler
  • Andrew Thaddeus Bonaventure (Tadeusz) KościuszkoPolish hero of the American Revolution
  • Thaddeus Horatius CarawayU.S. Congressman and Senator from Arkansas
  • Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine (S.C.) LoweAmerican aviation pioneer
  • Thaddeus StevensCivil War era U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania and opponent of slavery
  • Thaddeus Campbell SweetU.S. Congressman from New York
  • Thaddeus George "Thad" McCotterformer U.S. Representative from Michigan
  • Thaddeus Joseph "Thad" JonesAmerican jazz trumpeter
  • Thaddeus Ann "Teddy" Bensimondaughter of reality TV's Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Gilles Bensimon
  • Thaddeus "Thad" LuckinbillAmerican actor
  • Thaddeus Rowe (b. 2007)son of actors Amelia Heinle and Thad Luckinbill
  • Thaddeus Wilk Farrowson of American actress Mia Farrow
  • Thaddeus "Thad" MatulaAmerican filmmaker

Thaddeus in Pop Culture

  • Thaddeus Stonecharacter in the film 'The Family Stone'
  • Thaddeus Bradleyfrom the movie 'Now You See Me'
  • Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venturecharacter in 'The Venture Brothers'
  • Thaddeus James Martincharacter from "All My Children"
  • Thaddeus Valentinecharacter from "Mortal Engines" series
  • Thaddeus Montgomerycharacter from 'American Horror Story'
  • General Thaddeus E. "Thunderbolt" Rosscharacter from Marvel Universe
  • Thaddeus L'Eclinvideo game character from 'Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion'
  • Thaddeus Ibsencharacter in "After Ever After" by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Thaddeus Blakecharacter in NIL by Lynne Matson
  • Thaddeuscharacter on Phineas and Ferb
  • Thaddeus Harrischaracter in the "Police Academy" Film series
  • Professor Thaddeus Bonkerscharacter in the cartoon series "The Garfield Show" A mad scientist who is really intelligent and yet really foolish as his inventions/discoveries always lead to disaster but he dismisses all that as the world "not ready for his genius".
  • High Overseer Thaddeus Campbellcharacter in the video game Dishonored