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Meaning and Origin of: Timothy

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Greek : Honoring God

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from the New Testament Greek personal name Timotheos, from Greek timē ‘honor’ + theos ‘God’. This was the name of a companion of St. Paul who, according to tradition, was stoned to death for denouncing the worship of Diana in Ephesus. This was not in general use in England as a given name until Tudor times, so, insofar as it is an English surname at all, it is a late formation (e.g. in Wales, where surnames came into use only relatively recently). In America it also represents an adoption of the English given name in place of a cognate in Greek (Timotheou, Timotheopoulos) or any of various other European languages.
  • Irish : adoption of the English personal name as an equivalent of Tumulty.

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