Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby Name – Timothy

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.

Popularity

OF THE BOY 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.

Quick Facts

ON TIMOTHY

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

125

PRONUNCIATION:

TI-mә-thee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Honor God

Characteristics

OF TIMOTHY

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Timothy

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME 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

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)
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)
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

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Timothy

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME TIMOTHY

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.”

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.”

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.”