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The Name Timothy - Origin and Meaning of Timothy

The Name Timothy - Origin and Meaning of Timothy



Origin of the Name Timothy


Usage of the Name Timothy

English, Biblical

Meaning of the Name Timothy

The name Timothy comes from the Greek name Timotheos meaning "honouring God", derived from Greek "timē" - "honour" and "theos" - "God". In the New Testament Timothy was a Christian bishop of Ephesus and coadjutor of Saint Paul. As an English name, Timothy has been in regular use since the 18th century; it was not used in England before the Protestant Reformation. Although it has declined somewhat in popularity since the mid-20th century, it is still rather common in the English-speaking countries.

Interesting Facts about Timothy

Timothy-grass is a plant commonly used for animal feed and hay in Europe and North America; it was probably named after the farmer who first began cultivating it, Timothy Hanson.

Famous Bearers

Bearers of the name include Timothy Leary (1920 - 1996), an American psychologist and writer; Timothy Dalton (born 1946), an English actor; Timothy Treadwell (1957 - 2003), an American environmentalist and naturalist; Timothy Spall (born 1957), an English actor; Timothy Hutton (born 1960), an American actor; Timothy Olyphant (born 1968), an American actor; Timothy Mosley, known as Timbaland (born 1972), an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
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