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What does Thaddeus mean?

Thaddeus Pronunciation of Thaddeus [thad-deus] as a boys' name is pronounced THAD-ee-us. It is of Aramaic origin, and the meaning of Thaddeus is "heart". Also possibly derives from Theodorus, meaning "God's gift". Biblical: one of the 12 apostles. Jude is another form of the name.

Associated with: gift, biblical.


Thaddeus has 15 variants: Tad, Tadd, Taddeo, Taddeusz, Tadeo, Tadio, Tadzio, Thad, Thaddaeus, Thaddaios, Thaddaos, Thaddaus, Thaddius, Thadeus and Thady.

1 feminine form: Thaddea.

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Middle name pairings:
Thaddeus Brayton (T.B.), ..

How popular is Thaddeus?

Thaddeus is a somewhat popular first name for men (#611 out of 1220, Top 50%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Thaddeus reached its apex position of #350 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #703 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Thaddeus name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Thaddeus outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Jude (#156 a year ago), Tad, Tadd, Tadeo (#1058), Thad and Thadeus are the popular varying forms of Thaddeus (#703 a year ago). Usage of these forms of Thaddeus was more pronounced among parents in 2015 (average #1416), except for the version Thad which has become less stylish. Thaddeus has been the most well-known version, although Jude appears to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Thaddeus, Jude, Tad, Tadd, Tadeo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Thad, Thadeus in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jude outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Amadeus, Andreus, Cadmus, Caduceus, Claudius, Kadmus, Mateus, Shamus, Tacitus, Tandey, Taurus, Teddey, Thacher, Thaine, Thanasis, Thandey, Thandie, Thandiwe, Thandy, Thane, Thaniel, Thaxter, Thayer, Thayne, Theseus, Thonus, Travers and Zacheus. These names tend to be less frequently used than Thaddeus.

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