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Quick Facts on Thaddeus

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 797
Simple meaning:
Brave-heart; Friend; God’s gift

Characteristics of Thaddeus

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Thaddeus

Thaddeus is a Biblical name that appears with some confusion in the New Testament. He is called out specifically as one of Jesus’ Twelve Disciples in Matthew 10:3, to whom Christ gave “authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.” The disciples are named: Simon-Peter, Andrew, James (son of Zebedee), John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddeus, Simon and Judas Iscariot. Thaddeus is also specifically named as one of the Twelve Apostles in Mark 3:18. However, in Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13 the name Thaddeus is changed to “Judas the son of James”. The names of the other disciples/apostles are not changed, so there’s been some scholarly debate over this Biblical discrepancy in the New Testament. Tradition holds that the two are the same person; he is therefore commonly referred to as Jude Thaddeus (which also conveniently served to differentiate “Judas the son of James” from the bad-boy disciple Judas Iscariot). Thaddeus is the Latin form of the Aramaic “Thaddai” which is of uncertain origin but is said to mean “brave, heart” as in “courageous” or else “friend”. It may also be an Aramaic form of the Greek Theodōros (Θεοδωρος) meaning “God’s gift” from the elements “theos” (God) and “dōron” (gift). Thaddeus is a rarely used name today which makes it an excellent choice for Christian-conscious parents seeking a lesser known Biblical name but one of key significance. Like Bartholomew. Tad, Ted, Teddy, Thad and Theo are all possible nicknames.

Popularity of the Name Thaddeus

Thaddeus is another “old-man” name that may be on the verge of a comeback. Well, maybe that’s overstating reality. This name actually dates back to the days of colonial America – super old-school and obscurely Biblical. We try not to play favorites, but how can you not love this name? It’s so quirky and different. Totally original and totally neglected. Thaddeus was a name used with the lightest of moderation for most of the 20th century and then quickly went out of style in the 1990s and at the turn of this new century. Right now old Thaddeus is barely hanging on to the Top 1000 list of baby boy names currently in circulation. In other words, this is a name off the American radar. We’d consider Thaddeus an appealing alternative to the more common Theodore for parents with a “brave-heart” and those who don’t follow the sheep-herding mentality of naming trends today. This is a name that has survived over 2,000 years of usage and he carries with him several positive possible etymologies. Not to mention he was one of Jesus’ 12 main “friends”. A little “gift from God”, right?
Popularity of the Boy Name Thaddeus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Thaddeus

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Thaddeus

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Thaddeus

    Thaddeus We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Thaddeus.

  • Popular Songs on Thaddeus

    Popular Songs on Thaddeus

    Thaddeus - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Thaddeus.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Thaddeus

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Thaddeus

    Free Thaddeus! (John Gosselink) - Designed like a case file, chock-full of notes, journal entries, letters, e-mails, illustrations, and more, Free Thaddeus! is an uproarious middle-grade novel that argues why the irreverent Thaddeus should be released from his in-school suspension and explains the unbelievable circumstances that led to his punishment. Soon readers will be chanting, “Free Thaddeus!” Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Thaddeus T. and Barnaby (Kent D. Walsh) - In Thaddeus T. and Barnaby, author Kent D. Walsh ("Uncle Kent") delightfully delves into the special inner lives of the animal kingdom. This fun filled adventure story introduces readers to Thaddeus T., a tadpole who has not quite yet grown into a frog. After the disappearance of his father, Thaddeus T. is befriended by a wise and gentle old bullfrog named Barnaby, who helps educate Thaddeus T. as the two make the challenging journey across the pond. Their goal is to reach a secret fishing spot where they can go "fly-fishing." But along the way, they run into a colorful cast of characters who make their journey as eventful as it can be! Filled with fantasy and humor, the story also contains important lessons for every child, including minding your parents, helping others in need even if they are "different," and the importance of making friends. With "Uncle Kent's" easy-to-read text and vividly descriptive illustrations, Thaddeus T. and Barnaby is another reason for parents and children to spend good quality reading time together. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Thaddeus the Boss (Heather Theurer) - Thaddeus’s dad was the boss of the biggest invention factory in town, and now Thaddeus wants to be the boss. But what do bosses do? In this magically illustrated book readers follow five-going-on-six-year-old Thaddeus as he goes about learning what it really means to be the boss. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Thaddeus

    Famous People Named Thaddeus

    Famous People Named Thaddeus - Thaddeus Young (basketball player); Thaddeus Lewis (football player); Thaddeus Gibson (football player); Thaddeus Stevens (politician); Thaddeus "Thad" Luckinbill (daytime actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Thaddeus

    Children of Famous People Named Thaddeus

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Thaddeus - Mia Farrow (actress); Thaddeus "Thad" Luckinbill (daytime actor); Amelia Heinle (daytime actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Thaddeus - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Thaddeus - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Thaddeus.

Personality of the Boy Name Thaddeus

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Thaddeus

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