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Gender: Male Meaning of Timothy: "honoring God" Origin of Timothy: Greek Timothy's Popularity in 2017: #164

The name Timothy is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "honoring God". Timothy is ranked #164 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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 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.

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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"
Timothy Matthew HowardTim”, American soccer player
Timothy MeliaTim”, American soccer player

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 Kreider, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

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)


Violet_Rose Says:


I know at least two ppl have said this combo already, maybe I'm not creative enough but I love Timothy James, or maybe Timothy Michael 🙂

RAHPenn Says:


Our son is Timothy James and we use TJ a lot when referring to him in written form. But mostly he is Timothy. I hate to shorten it myself because I love the way his name sounds and love even more when he says his own name in his sweet 2yo voice. :)

RAHPenn Says:


Named our firstborn Timothy James and LOVE it! We took forever to decide and it was not until we held him that we made the final decision and it is too perfect for our little man. We mostly call him Timothy, but shorten it to TJ a lot. I just love the sound of the name and it fits our spunky little man so well we could not have found a more perfect name. Now to hopefully be as successful in naming boy #2.

LV51sfan91 Says:


A names meaning doesn't get any better than this. To honor God is exactly what I want my kids to do! Tim is a sweet and strong nickname! Timmy for when he's little!

Toya B Says:


I would go for Ti (pronounced Tie), or Mo (from the middle of the name)

eveyalecia Says:


What about Theo? Since it's Tim-oh-thee.

Essa Says:


You clearly didn't read my previous comment...

Alymariet0 Says:


Timmy or Tim maybe...

Essa Says:


Timmo/Timo or Ti/Ty? What do you all think? Do they work as nicknames for Timothy? Can you think of anything else?

Essa Says:


Timothy is a recent love of mine, I'd always thought it was too dated before. Me and my husband love Timmy as a nickname but dislike Tim so we're put off because we know Timmy is quite a childish name and he's likely to move onto Tim when he's older. The only other nickname we could think of is Mothy, hahahahaaaa! He would likely be Timothy James so could go by TJ but I've never been a huge fan of initial nicknames, I don't hate them, I just wouldn't tend to choose them myself.

Impwood Says:


Timothy is such a beautiful name; classic with an accessible homespun, rural sound but, at the same time, an intellectual quality.

kiwipop Says:


Israel Timothy sounds like a good name

ThistleThorn Says:


I love Tim.

KassemJ Says:


Timothy is one of my absolute favorite names. It's playful, yet not infantile. Delicate (but not at all weak or effeminate), yet handsome. Tim and Timmy are also great nicknames. If I had enough sons, I would certainly name one Timothy.

theirishsaint Says:


Another name of a brother in law. He was supposed to be Israel Timothy. But my MIL changed it last minute