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PronouncedPron.TIM-ə-thee English

Meaning & History

English form of the Greek name Τιμοθεος (Timotheos) meaning "honouring God", derived from τιμαω (timao) "to honour" and θεος (theos) "god". Saint Timothy was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys and was the recipient of two of Paul's epistles that appear in the New Testament. He was of both Jewish and Greek ancestry. According to tradition, he was martyred at Ephesus after protesting the worship of Artemis. As an English name, Timothy was not used until after the Protestant Reformation.
DiminutivesTim, Timmy English
Feminine FormTimotha English
Other Languages & CulturesTimoteus, Timotheos Ancient Greek Timotheos Biblical Greek Timotheus Biblical Latin Timotei Bulgarian Tim Danish Tim, Timo, Timotheus Dutch Timo Finnish Timothée, Timothé French Tim, Timo, Timotheus German Timoteo Italian Timotej Macedonian Timoti Maori Tim Norwegian Tymoteusz Polish Timoteo Portuguese Timotei Romanian Timofei, Timofey Russian Timotej Slovak Timotej, Tim Slovene Timoteo Spanish Tim Swedish


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute