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Quick Facts on Timothy

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 125
Simple meaning:
Honor God

Characteristics of Timothy

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Timothy

The name Timothy is derived from the Greek “Timotheos,” the elements of which mean “timē” (honor) and “theos” (God). Timothy is the English version by way of the Latin “Timotheus” and is borne in the New Testament as one of Paul’s closest and most loyal companions. His father was Greek but his mother and grandmother were Jews and followers of Christianity, so Paul had him circumcised and mentored him in the ways of Christ. Paul charged Timothy with shepherding the church by providing leadership and instruction on the Christian faith, as evidenced by his two pastoral epistles to Timothy. According to tradition, Timothy was stoned to death by pagan worshipers when he attempted to break up their procession honoring Diana. Saint Timothy is also the patron saint of stomach and intestinal disorders. The name Timothy became popularized sometime after the Protestant Reformation in England in the 16th century.

Popularity of the Name Timothy

The name Timothy has maintained a spot on the U.S. popularity graphs since the government began tracking naming patterns back in the 1880s. The height of Timothy’s popularity came in the 1960s when it ranked close to the Top 10. The name continued to enjoy success in the 70s and 80s and into the 1990s, but recently it started to wane in usage. Timothy finally lost a position on the Top 100 list of most-favored male names in 2008, marking the first time in 65 years. The name hasn’t lost more than 10 positions on the charts in any given year, so its decline is slow and inconspicuous. About 3,500 little boys are given the name Timothy each year at its current ranking, so it’s no longer as overused as it was in the 1960s. Timothy is an easy-going name, unpretentious and risk-free. The short-form (Tim) seems to be shared by many professional athletes which gives it an element of strength. Both Timothy and Tim go well with almost any conceivable surname. It’s a solid choice all the way around.
Popularity of the Boy Name Timothy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Timothy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Timothy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Timothy

    Tiny Tim (A Christmas Carol) Timothy Cratchit (“Tiny Tim”) is the winning little crippled boy in Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol, which introduced us to the unforgettable Scrooge. Suffering from an unspecified, progressive illness, Tiny Tim is nonetheless a courageous and cheerful little fellow. When the miserly Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present, he is allowed to see how very ill Tim really is, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come shows him a deathbed scene of Tiny Tim. The child will surely die without the medical attention his family cannot afford (not while working for old Ebenezer, they can’t). Of course as we all know, Scrooge mends his ways, increases salaries, reconciles with family, finds a medical cure for Tim and ends all on a happy note and a quote from Tiny Tim himself: “God bless us, every one!”

  • Popular Songs on Timothy

    Popular Songs on Timothy

    Timothy - a song by Dada

    Timothy Leary - a song by Nevermore

    Timothy Where You Been - a song by Timbaland featuring Jet

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Timothy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Timothy

    Nothin' but Net (Matt Christopher) - When thirteen-year-old Tim Daniels gets a chance to go to basketball camp, he is faced with trying to be accepted by the popular players and remaining true to his friend who has become the butt of practical jokes. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Skating with the Bears (Andrew Breakspeare) - The village lake is frozen and crowded with skaters. Tim longs to skate, but try as he might, he only trips and falls. One night Tim wakes from his dreams, walks to the lake, and pulls on his skates amid mounds of fluffy snow. Suddenly, the mounds move. They become soft, shy, snowy bears! Skating bears. When the smallest one holds out his paw, Tim hugs him tight and learns to skate under a magical moon. Charmingly illustrated and sumptuously embossed, this big, beautiful gift book provides the perfect story for snuggly fireside sharing on a snowy winter's eve. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk (Gerald McDermott) - When the evil McGoons trick Tim O'Toole out of his fortune, he teams up with his benefactors, the Little People, to regain his treasure. McDermott's illustrated books (including Caldecott winner Arrow to the Sun) and animated films have earned him international recognition. Full-color illustrations throughout. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Timothy and the Dragon's Gate (Adrienne Kress) - Timothy Freshwater’s father can’t control him, his mother is always out of town, and now the boy too smart for his own good has been expelled from the last school in the city. After he meets Mr. Shen, a mysterious Chinese mailroom clerk at his father’s office, Timothy winds up in more trouble than he has ever gotten himself into. It turns out the diminutive Mr. Shen is a dragon. Forced to take human shape for a thousand years, Mr. Shen cannot resume his true form until he scales an ancient Dragon’s Gate during a festival for the 125th year of the dragon. Now Timothy finds himself Mr. Shen’s latest keeper: stalked by a ninja, and chased by a menacing trio of black taxicabs. And when Mr. Shen falls into the wrong hands, Timothy must rescue the dragon from a fleet of Chinese pirate junks. All hope seems lost until a strange-looking black brig with red sails called the Ironic Gentleman appears on the horizon. Relying on his own ingenuity and an annoying new ally, a girl called Alex, Timothy must take on the fleet and its evil commander, the Man in the Beige Linen Suit. Told in Adrienne Kress’s distinctive, sparkling prose, Timothy and the Dragon’s Gate is a humorous and astounding story about a boy who ultimately uncovers his own ability to love and opens his heart to the world around him. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Timothy and The Strong Pajamas (Viviane Schwarz) - Every night, Timothy tries to make himself stronger. He drinks milk. He exercises. He thinks STRONG thoughts ... all with the help of his faithful stuffed monkey. Then his mother fixes up his holey, missing-button favorite pajamas, and suddenly Timothy has super strength! He catches an elephant falling off a cliff! He rescues a princess in a tipping tower! He drags an alligator back to the zoo! But when Monkey gets trapped -- and the pajamas rip! -- Timothy finds his real power in his friends. Sweetly funny, utterly charming, this is the debut of a brilliant new author-illustrator. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Timothy Goes to School (Rosemary Wells) - Part of a series. Timothy is very excited about starting school-until he meets Claude. Claude sits next to him, and he wears all the right clothes, says all the right things, and garners all the praise from his teacher and classmates. Timothy is feeling down, until he meets a girl who's having the same problem with her seatmate. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Timothy Hubble and the King Cake Party (Anita Prieto) - When young New Orleans newcomer Timmy is invited to a king cake party by his new friend Adam, he doesn't understand what the celebration is all about. He can only imagine that green, gold, and purple cake Adam describes and is confused by the idea of a baby baked inside. Worrywart Timmy frets about finding the plastic baby in the cake, but Adam and the rest of his new friends save the day and throw Timmy the best king cake party New Orleans has ever seen. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Timothy Tolliver and the Bully Basher (Aaron Shepard) - Timothy Tolliver and his friend Arnie Rosenberg have a problem -- a gang of older bullies called the Stinks. But besides being a fourth-grader, Timothy is also a world-class inventor. He and Arnie get the bright idea of defending themselves with Timothy's science-project robot. When their first try fails, Timothy finds a way to update the mystical formulae that gave life to the Jewish clay monster, the Golem. The robot comes alive, and it looks like their worries are over -- till the robot stops following orders and takes matters into its own hands. Can Timothy bring his creation back under control? Find out, as the Golem legend replays in a modern American elementary school. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Timothy Tunny Swallowed a Bunny (Bill Grossman) - In a riotous collection of rhymes about such unusual characters as Old Ned, who walks with a horse on his head; squeaky-clean Keith, who brushes his teeth--and his head--right out of existence; and Mr. McFyfe, who has been sitting on his wife for a long, long time, Bill Grossman keeps his readers rolling in the aisles. Take "The Barber," for instance: “She was cutting his hair, / But he slipped in his chair, / And she lopped off his ears as she cut. / She shouted, "My shears / Have lopped off your ears!" / And he looked up and said to her, "What?"” There's nothing like a dose of slapstick poetry to inspire kids to read--and maybe even write--more. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Timothy's Class Trip (Rosemary Wells) - Part of a series. Join Timothy and all his friends on a class trip! Children will love peeking behind the many doors, cupboards, lids, and drawers as the kids in Mrs. Jenkins's kindergarten class explore places in their neighborhood-from the bakery and mechanic's garage to the fire station and farmers' market. The seven punch-out play figures slip into slots in every page, so kids can put the characters behind the scenes of all the action. A handy pocket on the last page stores all the punch-out figures until it's time to play again. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Timothy

    Famous People Named Timothy

    Famous People Named Timothy - Tim Lincecum (baseball pitcher); Tim Brent (hockey player); Tim Brown (football player); Tim Duncan (basketball player); Tim Connolly (hockey player); Tim Gleason (hockey player); Timothy Goebel (figure skater); Tim McCarver (baseball player); Tim Tebow (football player); Tim Thomas (hockey player); Tim Wakefield (baseball player); Tim Allen (comic/actor); Tim Armstrong (musician); Tim Burton (director); Tim Conway (actor); Tim Curry (actor); Timothy Dalton (actor); Tim Commerford (bassist); Timothy Hutton (actor); Timothy Leary (writer/psychedelic drug advocate); Tim McGraw (country musician); Timothy Olyphant (actor); Tim Robbins (actor); Tim Roth (actor); Timothy B. Schmit (guitarist); Timothy Spall (actor); Tim Gunn (TV personality); Tim Russert (news anchor); Timothy Treadwell (grizzly bear enthusiast)

  • Children of Famous People Named Timothy

    Children of Famous People Named Timothy

    Famous People who Named their Son Timothy - Don Cherry (Canadian ice hockey commentator); Donna Reed (actress); Eunice Kennedy Shriver (philanthropist); Gene Kelly (actor/dancer); Malcolm Forbes (businessman); Marlon Brando (actor); Roy Disney (businessman); Tim Roth (actor); Yogi Berra (baseball)

  • Historic Figures

    Timothy - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Timothy Leary (22 Oct 1920 – 31 May 1996) - Dr. Timothy Francis Leary goes down in the American history books as an influential (and controversial) figure of the 1960s and 70s. Born in Massachusetts, Leary was of Irish-American descent. Under pressure from his dentist father, Leary enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point but was promptly dismissed after displaying a lack of respect for the rules, honor code and authority in general. This would become one of his defining characteristics. After WWII, Leary went onto finish his education and eventually earned a PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1950 where he went onto teach. Influenced by the beatnik society of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1950s which gave way to the counterculture movement of the 1960s, Leary became controversial in his advocating of the usage of LSD (the psychedelic drug) for its therapeutic and emotional/spiritual benefits. He is most known for the phrase he coined: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” He influenced many notable people from Ken Kesey to John Lennon and President Richard Nixon once referred to him as “the most dangerous man in America.”

Personality of the Boy Name Timothy

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Timothy

  • No Variations Found.
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