What does Timothy mean?
Timothy \t(i)-mo-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 was uncommon until the 18th century.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Tighe.
Timothy has 1 feminine form: Timothea.
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 (#11291 out of 88799, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Timothy for boys. Timothy reached its apex position of #13 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #135 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Timothy and affiliated names. Tim, Timmothy and Timmy are the popular related forms of Timothy (#135 the previous year). Usage of this boy name was at its peak during the years 1960-1969 and has become significantly less since, with the versions Tim, Timmothy and Timmy becoming less in vogue. Timothy (#135) is the most chic name for newborns in this compilation, with this name going through a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)