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What does Tim mean?

Tim /tim/ as a name for boys is of Greek derivation, and the meaning of Tim is "God's honor". Tim is a version of Timothy (Greek).


Tim has 5 different relations via Timothy: Timmo, Timmy, Timo, Timon and Tymon.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Isim, Timis, ..

(female) Timbe, Timma, ..

How popular is Tim?

Tim is a very prominent first name for males (#170 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#30091 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Tim for boys. Tim reached its peak rank of #90 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is presently at #1946. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Tim and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Tim (#1946 the previous year) are Timmy and Timothy (#135 the previous year). Other forms, like Tymon, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Tim was well-received among parents in the 1960s (usage of 1.71%) and has become much less since (usage 0.16%, 91%), with versions like Timmy becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tim, Timmy, Timothy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tim, Timothy outside U.S.

Similar Names


Tim is alike in pronunciation to Tam, Teom, Thom, Tom, Tome and Tomm. Other suggested similar names are Jim, Kim, Sim and Wim. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tim.