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What does Timothy mean?

Timothy Pronunciation of Timothy as a boys' name is pronounced TIM-oh-thee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Timothy is "God's honor". Biblical: Timothy was an energetic well-trained young Christian who was a companion of Saint Paul, who wrote to him, "Let no man look down on your youth". According to tradition, he was martyred after denouncing worshippers of the Greek moon goddess Diana. 19th-century novelist Charles Dickens gave the name an lasting association in his beloved work "A Christmas Carol". The story turns on the fate of the crippled but ever-cheerful Tiny Tim, who greets every holiday season with the cry, "God bless us, every one!" The name became popular during the 18th century.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, biblical, moon, 19th century, story (literary), cheerful (happy), popular (famous), 18th century


VARIANTS Tim, Timmo, Timmy, Timmothy, Timmy, Timo, Timofei, Timofeo, Timofey, Timon, Timoteo, Timothe, Timotheo, Timothey, Timotheus, Tymmothy, Tymon, Tymoteusz, Tymothy





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How popular is Timothy?

Timothy is a very popular first name for men (#27 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#11763 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Timothy reached its apex position of #13 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #165 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Tim, Timmothy, Timmy and Timothey are the popular related forms of Timothy (#165 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Timothy was more pronounced among parents 58 years ago (ADOPTION OF 1.7%) and has become significantly less since (ADOPTION 0.1%, DOWN 92%), with versions such as Timmy becoming less in vogue.

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

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

Similar Names

A recommended sound-alike name is Tirohn. This name tends to be less frequently used than Timothy.

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