Timothy

First Name
1.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Timothy

"Timothy" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "To Honor God". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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

Tim"o*thy
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
Wiktionary

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.
  2. A companion of Paul mentioned in the Bible.
  3. A male given name of biblical origin, also borne by early Christian saints.

Notable Persons Named Timothy

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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How popular is the baby name Timothy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 70 0 70
1881 63 0 63
1882 71 0 71
1883 62 0 62
1884 77 0 77
1885 64 0 64
1886 74 0 74
1887 54 0 54
1888 76 0 76
1889 82 0 82
1890 56 0 56
1891 66 0 66
1892 71 0 71
1893 62 0 62
1894 71 0 71
1895 60 0 60
1896 72 0 72
1897 58 0 58
1898 75 0 75
1899 60 0 60
1900 77 0 77
1901 62 0 62
1902 62 0 62
1903 49 0 49
1904 58 0 58
1905 73 0 73
1906 53 0 53
1907 81 0 81
1908 67 0 67
1909 67 0 67
1910 75 0 75
1911 88 0 88
1912 128 0 128
1913 160 0 160
1914 174 0 174
1915 253 0 253
1916 246 0 246
1917 260 0 260
1918 287 0 287
1919 249 0 249
1920 270 0 270
1921 257 8 249
1922 289 0 289
1923 325 0 325
1924 322 0 322
1925 324 5 319
1926 274 0 274
1927 325 0 325
1928 302 5 297
1929 292 0 292
1930 312 5 307
1931 346 0 346
1932 341 0 341
1933 346 0 346
1934 336 0 336
1935 376 5 371
1936 439 0 439
1937 674 0 674
1938 893 10 883
1939 1,076 8 1,068
1940 1,386 0 1,386
1941 1,639 7 1,632
1942 2,285 10 2,275
1943 2,593 13 2,580 #99 boy name
1944 2,762 11 2,751 #92 boy name
1945 3,602 10 3,592 #69 boy name
1946 5,174 21 5,153 #60 boy name
1947 6,757 13 6,744 #52 boy name
1948 8,055 17 8,038 #38 boy name
1949 9,362 19 9,343 #34 boy name
1950 10,531 27 10,504 #32 boy name
1951 12,724 13 12,711 #28 boy name
1952 14,203 29 14,174 #27 boy name
1953 15,203 34 15,169 #26 boy name
1954 17,480 42 17,438 #26 boy name
1955 20,777 47 20,730 #22 boy name
1956 23,319 48 23,271 #19 boy name
1957 24,785 56 24,729 #19 boy name
1958 28,836 82 28,754 #13 boy name
1959 30,831 79 30,752 #12 boy name
1960 30,574 90 30,484 #11 boy name
1961 28,340 99 28,241 #15 boy name
1962 27,176 87 27,089 #16 boy name
1963 27,298 102 27,196 #15 boy name
1964 28,194 90 28,104 #15 boy name
1965 28,459 112 28,347 #12 boy name
1966 29,049 115 28,934 #11 boy name
1967 28,721 128 28,593 #11 boy name
1968 26,654 138 26,516 #13 boy name
1969 23,483 107 23,376 #17 boy name
1970 22,580 141 22,439 #20 boy name
1971 20,213 114 20,099 #21 boy name
1972 17,725 114 17,611 #21 boy name
1973 16,146 94 16,052 #22 boy name
1974 15,974 76 15,898 #22 boy name
1975 16,060 105 15,955 #22 boy name
1976 16,752 118 16,634 #21 boy name
1977 18,088 102 17,986 #18 boy name
1978 19,711 107 19,604 #17 boy name
1979 19,207 129 19,078 #18 boy name
1980 19,257 105 19,152 #20 boy name
1981 18,369 145 18,224 #24 boy name
1982 17,594 133 17,461 #25 boy name
1983 16,483 125 16,358 #26 boy name
1984 17,120 125 16,995 #26 boy name
1985 17,275 133 17,142 #26 boy name
1986 16,977 107 16,870 #27 boy name
1987 17,507 118 17,389 #26 boy name
1988 16,917 115 16,802 #25 boy name
1989 16,486 62 16,424 #28 boy name
1990 15,746 60 15,686 #30 boy name
1991 14,178 29 14,149 #32 boy name
1992 12,885 29 12,856 #34 boy name
1993 11,661 26 11,635 #38 boy name
1994 10,785 19 10,766 #39 boy name
1995 9,805 18 9,787 #40 boy name
1996 8,937 19 8,918 #40 boy name
1997 8,517 14 8,503 #43 boy name
1998 7,859 15 7,844 #49 boy name
1999 7,602 14 7,588 #49 boy name
2000 7,268 9 7,259 #58 boy name
2001 6,430 13 6,417 #67 boy name
2002 6,024 9 6,015 #70 boy name
2003 5,492 13 5,479 #76 boy name
2004 5,261 33 5,228 #79 boy name
2005 5,031 8 5,023 #84 boy name
2006 4,705 5 4,700 #93 boy name
2007 4,439 7 4,432 #99 boy name
2008 4,093 6 4,087
2009 3,755 0 3,755
2010 3,448 5 3,443
2011 3,227 0 3,227
2012 3,111 5 3,106
2013 3,043 0 3,043
2014 3,004 0 3,004
2015 2,782 5 2,777
2016 2,644 5 2,639

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Popularity of Timothy as a first name

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Popularity of Timothy as a last name

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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

  • 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,070,457 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 30,752 babies. That's a lot of babies named Timothy!
  • Random Timothy Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Timothy ranks 22nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 48 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1986.
  • Weird things about the name Timothy: Your name in reverse order is Yhtomit. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oithmty. 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!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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