Greek from Hebrew
"God is good"

Tobias Origin and Meaning

The name Tobias is a boy's name of Hebrew, Greek origin meaning "God is good".

Tobias is one of a number of s-ending boys' names that are riding a wave of popularity. With its Old Testament-Dickensian feel, it's a name with a distinguished pedigree.

Tobias is the Greek form of the Hebrew Tobiah, which was derived from the name Toviyah. Toviyah was created from the elements tov, meaning "good" and yah, representing the Hebrew God. Tobias is the name of several biblical figures but is primarily associated with the story of Tobias and the Angel.

A contemporary bearer is Tobias Wolff, author of A Boy's Life. Tobias Smollett was a major eighteenth century Scottish novelist. Tobias Snape, meanwhile, is a Harry Potter character.

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

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Tobias Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Tobias Popularity

Famous People Named Tobias

  • Tobias Jonathan Ansell WolffAmerican novelist
  • Tobias George SmollettScottish novelist and poet
  • Tobias Vincent "Tobey" MaguireAmerican actor
  • Tobias John HarrisAmerican basketball player
  • Tobias MatthewEnglish Archbishop of York
  • Tobias KamkeGerman tennis player
  • Tobias Michel Karel AsserDutch lawyer, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Tobias FurneauxEnglish navigator
  • (Glenn) Tobias HysénSwedish footballer
  • Tobias "Theo" Leendert BambergDutch magician
  • Tobias MenzesEnglish actor
  • Tobias MorettiAustrian actor
  • Tobias Joseph "Toby" Turner aka TobuscusAmerican YouTuber
  • Tobias MacDonald Jesso Jr.Canadian musician
  • Tobias Söderberg (b. 2010)son of biathlete Uschi Disl and Tomas Söderberg
  • Tobias Del Piero (b. 2010)son of footballer Alessandro Del Piero
  • Tobias Dirks (b. 2015)son of surfer Bethany Hamilton
  • Otis Tobias Maguireson of American actor Tobey Maguire
  • Tobias Forgefrontman of Swedish heavy metal band Ghost

Tobias in Pop Culture

  • Tobias Wilsonfictional character on the animated show "The Amazing World of Gumball"
  • Tobias FornellFBI agent that helps with cases on "NCIS"; Gibbs' friend
  • Tobias "Four" Eatoncharacter in the Divergent trilogy
  • Tobias Funkecharacter on TV's "Arrested Development"
  • Tobias "Toby" Zieglercharacter on TV's "The West Wing"
  • Tobias Raggcharacter in musical "Sweeney Todd"
  • Tobias "Toby" Curtis. character on TV's "Scorpion"
  • Tobiascharacter in the Animorphs books by K. A. Applegate
  • Tobias Hankelcharacter on TV's "Criminal Minds"
  • Tobias (Toby)Dancing Through the Snow
  • Tobias Beechera character on TV's "Oz"
  • Tobias "Toby" Isaacscharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Tobias SnapeSeverus Snape's father in the Harry Potter series
  • Tobiascharacter in the Main Street Series
  • Tobias "Toby" Kennishcharacter on TV's "Switched at Birth"
  • Tobias Herondalementioned in "The Lost Herondale" by Cassandra Clare
  • Tobias Churchcharacter on The CW's "Arrow"
  • Tobias "Toby" Domzalskicharacter in the Netflix series "Trollhunters"
  • Tobias Beckettcharacter in the 2018 Star Wars Film "Solo: A Star Wars Story" Tobias Beckett was portrayed by Woody Harrelson