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Gender: M Meaning of Timothy: "honoring God" Origin of Timothy: Greek Timothy's Popularity in 2016: #153

A second-tier classic, the New Testament Timothy moves in and out of fashion more than John and James. But though it peaked in the 1960s, many modern parents -- almost 3,000 last year -- still appreciate its familiarity and lively rhythm. And the short form Tim feels eternally boyish.

Saint Timothy, born of a Jewish mother and a Greek father, was Saint Paul's companion, which might make the two appropriate and compatible twin names. Timothy was well used among early Christians but not popular in the English-speaking world until the eighteenth century. In the U.S., Timothy was just outside the Top 10 in the 1960s and stayed in the Top 100 until 2008.

In literature, there is the unforgettable Timothy Cratchit, aka Tiny Tim. In real life, there are director Tim Burton and several well-known actors, as well as a slew of star athletes.

Famous People Named Timothy

Saint Timothy, bishop of Ephesus
Timothy I-III of Alexandria, popes
Timothy James 'Tim' Curry, English actor and singer
Timothy David Olyphant, American actor
Timothy Richard "Tim" Tebow, American football player
Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine, American politician; governor of Virginia
Timothy Peter Dalton, Welsh actor
Timothy Lancaster West, English actor
Timothy Francis Leary, American psychologist and LSD advocate
Timothy Tarquin Hutton, American actor
Timothy Leonard Spall, English actor
Timothy Michael Omundson, American actor
Timothy Alan Dick, birth name of American actor Tim Allen
Timothy Leroy "Tim" Lincecum, American baseball pitcher
Timothy Bruce Schmit, bassist for American bands Poco and The Eagles
Timothy Franz Geithner, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Timothy Zahn, American science fiction novelist
Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, English inventor of the World Wide Web
Timothy Busfield, American actor
Timothy James Bottoms, American actor
Timothy Dingwall Bateson, English actor
Timothy I, Nestorian patriarch of the Church of the East
Timothy Michael "Tim" Healy, Irish politician
Timothy F. "Tim" LaHaye, American Christian novelist
Timothy Perry Shriver, American Special Olympics chairman
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, English actor
Timothy Mark Pimentel Eigenmann, birth name of Sid Lucero, Filipino actor
Timothy Kane "Tim" Sheehy, American ice hockey player
Timothy Alan Davan Sainsbury, English businessman and politician
Timothy Richard 'Tim' Heidecker, American comedian known for comedy duo "Tim and Eric"

Pop Culture References for the name Timothy

1 & 2 Timothy, epistles in the New Testament.
Timothy "Timmy" Turner, main character of animated series "Fairly Odd Parents".
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green," 2012 movie and main character.
Timothy, main character in "The Cay" by Theodore Taylor.
Timothy McGee, character from TV show "NCIS".
"Timothy Goes to School," animated series about a raccoon .
Timothy Q. Mouse, character in Disney's "Dumbo".
Timothy Lovejoy, reverend on TV's "The Simpsons".
Timothy, tank engine on animated series "Thomas & Friends".
"Timothy," song by The Buoys.
Timothy's World Coffee, Canadian chain.
Timothy, common species of grass.
Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake, formerly known as Robin, sidekick DC Comic's Batman, currently known as Red Robin.
Timothy, character in The Fosters.

Timothy's International Variations

Tiriro, Timok, Tyoma, Tisha, Timofel, Timofey, Timka, Tima, Teemofe, Tishka (Russian) Timot (Hungarian) Timoteo, Timito (Spanish) Timotheos, Timun (Greek) Tymek, Tymon, Tymoteusz (Polish) Timoteus (Norwegian) Timo (Finnish) Timothé, Timothée, Timon (French) Timotei (Bulgarian) Timotheus (German) Tiomoid (Irish)