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Gender: Male Meaning of Tobias: "God is good" Origin of Tobias: Greek from Hebrew Tobias's Popularity in 2017: #273

The name Tobias is a boy's name of Hebrew, Greek origin meaning "God is good". Tobias is ranked #273 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia - with middles!".

From the experts:

Tobias is one of a number of s-ending boys' names that are riding a wave of popularity.

With its Old Testament-Dickensian feel, it's a name with a distinguished pedigree -- Tobias Smollett, for instance, was a major eighteenth century Scottish novelist -- that also has a modern feel. A contemporary bearer is Tobias Wolff, author of A Boy's Life. Tobias Snape, meanwhile, is a Harry Potter character.

Tobias is the name of several biblical figures, but is primarily associated with the story of Tobias and the Angel.

The short form Toby has a life of its own, used independently at least as far back as Shakespeare's time, with Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. Toby also was the name of a character on The West Wing. Actor Tobey Maguire was born Tobias and named his son Otis Tobias.

There is also the rarely used but still viable daddy of them all, Tobiah, the name of a rebel Hebrew king.

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Famous People Named Tobias

Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff, American novelist
Tobias George Smollett, Scottish novelist and poet
Tobias Vincent "Tobey" Maguire, American actor
Tobias John Harris, American basketball player
Tobias Matthew, English Archbishop of York
Tobias Kamke, German tennis player
Tobias Michel Karel Asser, Dutch lawyer, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Tobias Furneaux, English navigator
(Glenn) Tobias Hysén, Swedish footballer
Tobias "Theo" Leendert Bamberg, Dutch magician
Tobias Menzes, English actor
Tobias Moretti, Austrian actor
Tobias Joseph "Toby" Turner aka Tobuscus, American YouTuber
Tobias Söderberg (b. 2010), son of biathlete Uschi Disl and Tomas Söderberg
Tobias Del Piero (b. 2010), son of footballer Alessandro Del Piero
Tobias Dirks (b. 2015), son of surfer Bethany Hamilton
Otis Tobias Maguire, son of American actor Tobey Maguire

Pop Culture References for the name Tobias

Tobias Wilson, fictional character on the animated show "The Amazing World of Gumball"
Tobias Fornell, FBI agent that helps with cases on "NCIS"; Gibbs' friend
Tobias "Four" Eaton, character in the Divergent trilogy
Tobias Funke, character on TV's "Arrested Development"
Tobias "Toby" Ziegler, character on TV's "The West Wing"
Tobias Ragg, character in musical "Sweeney Todd"
Tobias "Toby" Curtis. character on TV's "Scorpion"
Tobias, character in the Animorphs books by K. A. Applegate
Tobias Hankel, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Tobias (Toby), Dancing Through the Snow
Tobias Beecher, a character on TV's "Oz"
Tobias "Toby" Isaacs, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Tobias Snape, Severus Snape's father in the Harry Potter series
Tobias, character in the Main Street Series
Tobias "Toby" Kennish, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
Tobias Herondale, mentioned in "The Lost Herondale" by Cassandra Clare
Tobias Church, character on The CW's "Arrow"
Tobias "Toby" Domzalski, character in the Netflix series "Trollhunters"

Tobias's International Variations

Tevye (Hebrew) Teive, Tubia (Yiddish)