Gender: Male Meaning of Timothy: "honoring God" Origin of Timothy: Greek Timothy's Popularity in 2019: #188

Timothy Origin and Meaning

The name Timothy is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "honoring God".

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.

Timothy also qualifies as a botanical name thanks to Timothy grass sometimes known simply as Timothy, which resembles cat's-tail and is used as cattle feed.

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Rank in US: #188

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Timothy's International Variations

Tiriro, Timok, Tyoma, Tisha, Timofel, Timofey, Timka, Tima, Teemofe, Tishka (Russian) Timot (Hungarian) Timoteo, Timito (Spanish) Timotheos, Timun (Greek) Tymek, (Polish)


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