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Quick Facts on Toby

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 550
Simple meaning:
God is good

Characteristics of Toby

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Toby

Toby is the English short form of Tobiah/Tobias. Tobias is the Greek form of the Hebrew Tobiah (Toviyyah) meaning “Yahweh is good”. Since the Middle Ages the name has mainly been associated with the Biblical tale “Tobias and the Angel” which appears in the apocrypha (Book of Tobit). In the story, Tobias is the son of Tobit, a rich and righteous Jew who goes blind after bird droppings fall into his eyes. The archangel Raphael (disguised as a man) accompanies Tobias on a journey to retrieve money for Tobit. With the aid of the angel, Tobias returns from his travels triumphantly – a rich man with a new wife on his arm after defeating an evil demon. He also brings Tobit an ointment (fish gall bladder) which, after rubbed into his eyes, miraculously cures his blindness and restores his eyesight. As a result of Tobias’ heroic deeds and the popularity of this story in medieval times, the name came into wider usage. It was also the name of an early 4th century Roman soldier who was martyred for his Christian beliefs (along with five other soldiers all of whom were burned at the stake). Tobias is another example of one of the lesser prominent Biblical names adopted and popularized by the Protestants after the Reformation. Toby is the English diminutive but has since become an independently given name in its own right. In fact, Toby is a pretty high ranking in both England and Australia today.

Popularity of the Name Toby

Technically Toby is considered a unisex name, at least in the United States; although it’s much more commonly bestowed on baby boys than girls. For the most part, Toby first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1934. For the next 40 years, the name would show slow and steady growth in usage until hitting his peak popularity in 1975 at position #190 on the charts. So the highest Toby ever managed was achieving a spot on the Top 200 list. In the meantime, Toby appeared on the girl’s chart in 1933 but constantly struggled to maintain even the lightest feminine usage. In fact, the last year the female Toby saw the charts was 1975 – the same year that the male Toby was at the height of his usage. Obviously, American parents of baby girls just gave up, accepting the fact that the masculine Toby dominated. Toby still retains a gender-neutral quality, but parents just don’t use it frequently enough on their daughters to show up on the charts. As a result, most people think of Toby as a guy’s name. Either way, Toby is a casual, informal and relaxed name, so we weren’t surprised to see that it’s so popular Down Under in Australia.
Popularity of the Boy Name Toby
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Toby

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Toby

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Toby

    Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night) Sir Toby Belch is one of the most memorable of Shakespeare’s characters, appearing in the 1601/02 comedy, Twelfth Night. He is the uncle of the countess, Olivia, and one of the authors of the comic subplot that has Malvolio, Olivia’s steward, convinced she is secretly in love with him. Toby breaks all the rules of polite society, and keeps things moving all along. He would be the leader of the frat house in modern times. He lives to party, and that includes dancing and singing, eating and drinking, and, well, belching. He is impatient with Olivia for her endless mourning for her brother; he wants to get on with life, which means partying some more. His trick on Malvolio puts him in a good mood, as Malvolio is most disapproving of Toby and his life style. At the same time as he is directing his pranks, he is also plotting to have his niece marry his good friend, so he may be assured of continuing his free-loading life in her household and at her expense. All in all, memorable he may be, but probably rather trying after a while. We will say this for him, though – unlike so many of Mr. S.’s characters, he remains a man through and through – no posturing or false identity for him. And when he’s ready to marry, he cuts to the chase. He is to marry, most democratically, Maria, Olivia’s maid, not some boy posturing as a woman. Upon Maria he lavishes his fondest praise: “She’s a beagle, true bred...” For that matter, so is our Sir Toby.

  • Popular Songs on Toby

    Popular Songs on Toby

    Toby - a song by Against All Authority

    Toby Take A Bow - a song by Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Toby

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Toby

    Little Toby and the Big Hair (Kim Fernandes) - Toby has hair right down to her knees. It's curly and twisty and bouncy and big. Robins build nests in it, puppies snuggle underneath it, babies' fingers get tangled in it and candies get stuck in it! Little Toby wants to have the longest hair in the world. Toby likes having long hair, but her Mother thinks it's too much trouble. It's always falling in Toby's face, and sometimes she can't even see where she's going! The barber offers to cut it nice and short, but Toby says she's going to have the longest hair in the whole world. She plans to have a menagerie of animals--just to carry her hair. One day Toby and her wild hair create a BIG mess. Mother has a fit. Toby is upset. But with the help of an unlikely friend, Toby comes up with a happy hair solution and she learns that, no matter what you look like, people should "love you any way at all." Recommended ages 5-8.

    My Dog Toby (Andrea Zimmerman) - Toby is a good dog. He has long droopy ears and big brown spots. Every day he waits by the window until his beloved owner comes home from school. They play outside and run around the yard. Toby even sleeps by her side at night. He's a kid's best friend. All the other dogs on the block know how to sit, roll over, and fetch. But Toby doesn't know how to do any of those things. Will he ever, ever learn to do a trick? With some patience and lots of love, anything is possible. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Thomas and Toby (Rev. W. Awdry) - Here is the story of how Thomas and Toby became such good friends. Soon after Sir Topham Hatt saves Toby from retirement, Toby and Thomas are running the smoothest branch line on the Island of Sodor. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Toby (Cyndy Szekeres) - Meet Toby, a mouse who likes to sing and romp, read, and play. Every day is a new adventure as Toby discovers the many wonderful things about being a preschooler. Toby is curious, kind, and extra special -- just like you! Toby is an energetic, three-and-a-half-year-old mouse in a big world. He is loving, friendly, curious and full of giggles. Just like the young readers this book is aimed at. Parents will recognize their own child in Toby's charming antics and children will laugh at his adventures whilst learning about everyday things with him. Meet this very special mouse in our first story, Toby! In Toby's Alphabet Walk, he learns his letters with a basketful of outdoor objects. And in Toby's Rainbow Clothes, he learns about colors and puts together his very own dazzling, unique outfit. The bright, colorful illustrations coupled with the antics of this very special mouse, make story time (and learning), fun! There are several titles in this Toby series by Cyndy Szekeres. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Toby (Marc Talbert) - Toby's family is different from most. His father is retarded and his mother brain-damaged. When Toby hears the Reverend Olsen tell his mother that her son is running wild, Toby recognized it as another skirmish in his long battle to stay with his illiterate parents. The minister's charges, along with those of a neighbor who accuses Toby of stealing, are only two of the daunting problems Toby must confront. But none of his opponents take into account Toby's most powerful weapon-the great unquestioning love he and his parents share. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Toby Alone (Timothee de Fombelle) - A Lilliputian world. A tree under threat. A boy hunted by his own people must protect his father's secrets in a gripping and witty eco-adventure. Toby Lolness may be just one and a half millimeters tall, but he’s the most wanted person in his world—the world of the great oak Tree. Toby’s father has made a groundbreaking discovery: the Tree itself is alive, flowing with vital energy, and there may be a world beyond it. Greedy developers itch to exploit this knowledge, risking permanent damage to their natural world. Toby’s family has been exiled to the lower branches, and only Toby has managed to escape—but for how long? And how can he bear to leave his parents to their terrible fate? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Toby and the Flood (Rebecca Price) - Toby is in trouble. His bed is always wet. But one night, Toby and his friend, Mr Beaver, find themselves in a flooded valley. Can they help before the village is washed away? Beautiful illustrations and an engaging story combine in a delightful book that children will love, and which will help young children to understand and overcome bedwetting in a stress-free and enjoyable way. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Toby and the Greatest Game (Clive Toye) - A story of magical adventures and travel as only the world of soccer - and a special ball named Toby - can give you. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Toby and the Secrets of the Tree (Timothee de Fombelle) - A breathless, high-stakes quest to save the miniature world of the Tree — and reunite loved ones lost — unfolds with wit, suspense, and startling revelations. Toby’s world is under greater threat than ever before. A giant crater has been dug right into the center of the Tree, moss and lichen have invaded the branches, and one tyrant controls it all. Leo Blue, once Toby’s best friend, is holding Toby’s beloved Elisha prisoner, hunting the Grass People with merciless force, and inflicting a life of poverty and fear on the Tree People. But after several years among the Grass People, Toby has returned to fight back. And this time he’s not alone: a resistance is forming. In the much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning Toby Alone, the compelling eco-adventure reaches its gripping conclusion. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Toby and the Snowflakes (Julie Halpern) - When friends move away, it is hard for them to leave and even harder to watch them go. Toby’s best friend moved yesterday, and now all Toby has is his friend’s baseball glove (which smells like Parmesan cheese). Toby is bored and alone. But then the snow starts to fall, and Toby finds an unexpected flurry of friends…With humor and warmth, Julie Halpern and Matthew Cordell tell the story of one little boy who learns about friendship, change, and the nature of the snowflake. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Toby Belfer and the High Holy Days (Gloria Pushker) - Toby helps her best friend, Donna, understand the importance of Jewish customs while celebrating the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. More titles in the Toby Belfer series. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree (Gloria Pushker) - Toby invites her friends to join in her familyís Hanukkah celebration to find out why Toby never had a Christmas tree. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Toby Martin: Pet Detective (Barbara Grengs) - The Toby Martin Series. One by one neighborhood dogs disappear. One by one the ransom notes arrive. When Toby Martin and her best pal, Freddy, discover Toby's dog is the next intended victim, they become first-rate detectives. Who is the pooch pilferer? Will Toby and Freddy rescue the dogs and capture the criminal? While Toby is investigating, she is also writing a series of mystery stories in the Sherlock Holmes tradition. These stories are critiqued by the delightfully nasty Mrs. Trattles, a hard-nosed, straight arrow English teacher who forces Toby to improve her writing. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Toby Scudder, Ultimate Warrior (David Gifaldi) - Priding himself on not doing his homework or ever losing a fight, Toby Scudder starts sixth grade planning to rule the school, but sixth grade presents him with some tough situations that he can't bully his way through. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Toby Tiger (Sophia Jevone) - Toby Tiger is terrifying and torments all the other animals. But one day a little Mouse finds Toby and realizes that everything is not all that it seems....Kindle edition. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Toby Tyler (James Otis) - Follows the adventures of a young boy who runs away to join the merriment and miseries of circus life. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Toby Wheeler: Eighth Grade Benchwarmer (Thatcher Heldring) - When Toby Wheeler has a chance to join the junior high basketball team, he’s eager to prove he can keep up with his best friend, JJ. But practice doesn’t go quite as Toby has planned, and when the coach announces the lineup, Toby’s hopes of playing ball with JJ are history: he’s an eighth-grade benchwarmer! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Toby's Best Friend (Jean Lemieux) - Toby is tired of being told everything is for his own good. When his parents get him the dog he's always wanted, they won't let the dog sleep in his room --- for the dog's own good! The next morning, Toby and his friends make a snow fort and a tunnel and a special place for the puppy. When they are back in their houses, the plows come by, eating up the snow banks, but where is Toby's puppy? Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Toby's Crystal (Janet Morgan) - What happens if you find you can heal with a crystal? Toby Brightman is eleven years old and has extra-sensory powers. He is given a sparkling quartz crystal at a New Age fair - and discovers he has the ability to heal not only himself but other people as well. However, those from another universe are watching...and The Dark, a slimy pulsating metamorphic monster has been sent by its master to follow and destroy Toby. With the help of the ghost of his Irish grandmother, his psychic mum, a wizard from the Merlinus Agency and an Indian mystic, Toby sets out to defeat the evil dark forces threatening both himself and Planet Earth. This book features a crystal journey into the cosmos. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Toby's Tails (Susan Keefe) - Set in the French countryside, Toby's Tails relates the first year in the life of the author's Border Collie, starting with his earliest recollections on the farm where he was born. His life changes when Susan Keefe adopts Toby and he bonds with his new human family, their goat, Molly, and Lucky, the old Golden Retriever who becomes Toby's mentor. Toby's lessons about the world around him include the changing of the seasons, his interaction with other animals, and what he learns from them about birth, death and other inevitable life events. "Based on her experiences as an animal lover and smallholder, and featuring her own animals, the author has created in 'Toby's Tails' an enchanting book to educate children about the needs of animals and the importance of kindness to all living creatures. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Toby, What Are You? (William Steig) - In Toby, What Are You? Toby led his parents in a merry game of hide-and-seek. Now he's making mischief again as a boy of many disguises. For starters, he can turn himself into a doormat or a flyswatter or a plate of spaghetti....Here's more fun and games from William Steig and Teryl Euvremer. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Toby, Where Are You? (William Steig) - Toby loves hiding from his parents --upstairs, downstairs, just about anywhere. But when Toby begins to think that his parents will never find him, he just can't stand it, "Here I am!" he cries. Full color throughout. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Toby, Who Are You? (William Steig) - Toby is at it again. When Toby and his parents go on a picnic, there's no telling who he'll pretend to be. An owl? A bat? A turtle? Can you guess? One thing is for sure: There's lots of fun in store for Toby -- and you! Recommended for ages 2-6.

  • Famous People Named Toby

    Famous People Named Toby

    Famous People Named Toby - Toby Keith (musician); Toby Jones (actor); Toby Stephens (actor); Toby Gad (music producer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Toby

    Children of Famous People Named Toby

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Toby - Maggie Smith (actress); Emme (plus-size model, has a daughter named Toby)

  • Historic Figures

    Toby - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Toby

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Toby

  • No Variations Found.
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