Gender: Male Origin of Thelonious: Latinized variation of German Tillman, “one who plows the earth”

Thelonious Origin and Meaning

The name Thelonious is a boy's name .

One of the coolest of names, thanks to legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk, who inherited this Latin-sounding German name from his father. It has been used very sparingly since the 1960's, with just a sprinkling of baby boys receiving the name each year, though it's one of the unique baby names we predict will get much less unique as more parents embrace its quirky charms.

Monk's middle name Sphere is pretty unique too, a cousin of Cosmos and Cosmo.

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Leah_ Says:


I love this name but as a previous commenter has said, I think it might be too much in practice.

katinka Says:


This is great in theory but surely too much in practice?

ambercat Says:


For some reason, this name just sounds too close to Felonious to me.

Essa Says:


Most of these just sound silly though, Tony and Theo would work but I'm not a massive fan of either!

vintageluvs Says:


Nicknames I can think of: Lonny, Telly, Ten, Theo, Tolly, Tony ...

Essa Says:


I think this name sounds really cool! However, it's a bit long and I can't see any great nickname opirtunities so maybe it's not very useable. Perhaps better as a middle name? I guess Theo might work.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Just watch all his friends when he's a little kid struggle to say and spell his name.