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Baby Names: Timothy – Babble


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Meaning: Honoring God

Origin: Greek

Alternate spellings: Tim, Timmy

Timothy is a version of the Greek name Timotheos, which means “honoring God.” You can remind your little Timmy of his holy obligation when he misbehaves.

The name is found in the New Testament, but wasn’t widely used until the 1500s. In the U.S., Timothy was moderately popular between the 1880s and 1940s. It started to gain popularity and entered the top 30 in the 1950s, where it stayed for nearly forty years. Timothy’s popularity has started to decline a little. Timothy is a classic name that manages not to be stuffy. Youthful Timmy makes a cute nickname for a little rug rat.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 58

2004: 79

2008: 108

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Tomas 551

Tommy 516

Thomas 52

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