Gender: Male Pronunciation: THAD-ee-us Meaning of Thaddeus: "gift of God" Origin of Thaddeus: Aramaic, meaning unclear, possibly from Theodore Thaddeus's Popularity in 2018: #710

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.

16 names similar to Thaddeus

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Thaddeus. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Thaddeus, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Thaddeus using our baby name generator.


Rank in US: #710

- this week

Famous People Named Thaddeus

Pop Culture References for the name Thaddeus

Thaddeus's International Variations

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


The Ubiquitous Shadow Says:


makes me think of the evil marvel character

stepx Says:


Thad Spencer...former heavyweight contender...lost to Ali as i recall.