Timothy name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Timothy

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from Kenya and the United States agree the name Timothy is of African / Greek origin and means "One who honors God".
  2. 10 people from all over the world agree the name Timothy is of Greek origin and means "Honoring God".
  3. According to a user from the United States, the name Timothy is of Hausa origin and means "Honored by God/ Honor God".
  4. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Timothy means "From the Greek Timotheos meaning 'honoring god'" and is of Greek origin.
  5. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Timothy means "One who honours God".
  6. According to 2 people from Illinois, U.S., the name Timothy is of Greek origin and means "Honouring God".
  7. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Timothy means "Honour of god" and is of Greek origin.
  8. A user from Oklahoma, U.S. says the name Timothy is of Greek origin and means "'honoured by God' or 'honouring God'".
  9. A user from Slovenia says the name Timothy is of Greek origin and means "glory to God".
  10. A submission from Australia says the name Timothy means "Servant of God" and is of Igbo origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
A kind of grass (Phleum pratense) with long cylindrical spikes; -- called also herd's grass, in England, cat's-tail grass, and meadow cat's-tail grass. It is much prized for fodder. See Illustration in Appendix.

Etymology: From Timothy Hanson, who carried the seed from New England to Maryland about 1720

A disciple and companion of St. Paul. He was the son of a Greek and a Jewess, and his home was either at Derbe, or Lystra in Lycaonia. Paul set him apart as a minister of the new gospel, and after preaching in Macedonia and Achaia, he went, at Paul's request to Ephesus, and accompanied the apostle to Jerusalem. It was to him that the two epistles to Timothy were addressed by the apostle Paul. According to tradition, Timothy suffered martyrdom under Domitian.
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  1. A grass grown for hay
  2. A disciple of Saint Paul who became the leader of the Christian community at Ephesus
  3. Grass with long cylindrical spikes grown in northern United States and Europe for hay

From Middle French Timothée, from Latin Timotheus, from Ancient Greek Τιμόθεος (Timótheos), from τιμάω (timáō, “I honour”) + θεός (theós, “god”)

  1. Either of two books in the New Testament (1 Timothy and 2 Timothy) which are epistles to Timothy.
    Synonym: Tim. (abbreviation)
  2. A companion of Paul mentioned in the Bible.
  3. A male given name from Ancient Greek of biblical origin, also borne by early Christian saints.
  4. An unincorporated community in Tennessee, United States; named for early postmaster Timothy Stephens.
  5. A rare English patronymic surname​.
  6. An Irish surname​, a rare adopted anglicization for Mac Tomaltaigh (“son of Tomaltach”) (Tumulty).

Notable Persons Named Timothy

Notable Persons Named Timothy

Tim Burton

Tim Burton is a film director, film producer, writer, artist, and screenwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 1982. Tim was given the name Timothy Walter Burton on August 25th, 1958 in Burbank, California, U.S.

Tim Curry

Tim Curry is an actor, voice actor, and singer. He was most active from 1968 to present. Tim was given the name Timothy James Curry on April 19th, 1946 in Grappenhall.

Timothy McVeigh

Timothy McVeigh is a u.s. army soldier, security guard, and united states army. Timothy is also known as Tim Tuttle, Darel Bridges, and Robert Kling.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a scientist. Tim was given the name Timothy John Berners-Lee on June 8th, 1955 in London.

Tim Allen

Tim Allen is an actor and comedian. He was most active from 1975 to present. Tim was given the name Timothy Allen Dick on June 13th, 1953 in Denver, Colorado, United States.

Timothy Donald Cook

Timothy Donald Cook is a chief executive of apple inc., chief executive officer, and chief executiveofapple inc. Timothy was born Timothy Donald Cook on November 1st, 1960.

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    75th United States Secretary of the Treasury
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Timothy

Notable Persons With the Last Name Timothy


Timothy was a saint. He holds the title Bishop and Martyr. Timothy was born in 17. He left this life in 97.

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon is a folk music, rock music, and pop music songwriter and musician. She plays Guitar and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2007. Cate was given the name Cate Timothy on March 4th, 1983 in Penboyr, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Cate is also known as Timothy and Cate.

Christopher Timothy

Christopher Timothy is an actor, director, and writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to present. Christopher was born on October 14th, 1940 in Bala, Gwynedd, Wales.

Andrew Timothy

Andrew was born in 1912. He passed away in 1990.

Elizabeth Timothy

Elizabeth Timothy was a printer. Elizabeth was born on June 30th, 1702 in Amsterdam. Elizabeth is also known as Elisabet Timothee. She passed away in 1757.

Usha Timothy

Usha Timothy is a playback singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to present. Usha was born in Nagpur.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Timothy U.S.
  White 66.08% 64.26%
  African American 21.16% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.81% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Timothy

People with the last name Timothy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Timothy

  • What name lists does Timothy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Timothy? Timothy is the 37th most popular name of all time. As a last name Timothy was the 11,204th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Timothy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,077,401 babies born with the first name Timothy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Timothy to occupy the country of Timor-Leste with an estimated population of 1,066,409 (as of July 11, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Timothy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 70 new born babies.
  • When was Timothy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Timothy is Monday, June 17th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Timothy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Timothy was in 1959 with a total of 30,751 babies. That's a lot of babies named Timothy!
  • Random Timothy Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Timothy ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 15 babies in Montana have the same name in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Timothy: The name spelled backwards is Yhtomit. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Omtihty. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Timothy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,821 people with the last name Timothy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Timothy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Timothy as their last name since less than 1 person in 104k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Timothy name meaning

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