What does Timothy mean?
Timothy [tim-o-thy] 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.
Related boy name: Tighe.
1 feminine form: Timothea.Creative forms:
(male) Timtha, Timthe, ..
(female) Timota, Timotia, .. Middle name pairings:
Timothy Ben (T.B.), ..
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 #147 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Tim, Timmothy, Timmy and Timothey are the popular related forms of Timothy (#147 the previous year) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Timothy was more pronounced among parents 55 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.
Similar NamesA recommended name is Tirohn. This name tends to be less frequently used than Timothy.See names in meaning and etymology.