TIAMAT f Near Eastern Mythology
From Akkadian tâmtu
meaning "sea". In Babylonian myth Tiamat was the personification of the sea, appearing in the form of a huge dragon. By Apsu she gave birth to the first of the gods. Later, the god Marduk
(her great-grandson) defeated her, cut her in half, and used the pieces of her body to make the earth and the sky.
TIARE f Tahitian
Means "flower" iin Tahitian, also specifically referring to the species Gardenia taitensis.
TIBERIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman praenomen, or given name, meaning "of the Tiber" in Latin. The Tiber is the river that runs through Rome. Tiberius was the second Roman emperor, the stepson of emperor Augustus.
TIBURCIO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of the Roman cognomen Tiburtius
which meant "of Tibur". Tibur (now called Tivoli) was a resort town near Rome. Saint Tiburtius was a 3rd-century martyr from Rome.
TIÊN f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 仙 (tiên)
meaning "immortal, transcendent, celestial being, fairy".
TIES m Dutch
Diminutive of MATTHIJS
as well as Dutch names beginning with the Germanic element theud
TIFFANY f English
Medieval form of THEOPHANIA
. This name was traditionally given to girls born on the Epiphany (January 6), the festival commemorating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus
. The name died out after the Middle Ages, but it was revived by the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961), the title of which refers to the Tiffany's jewelry store in New York.
TIGER m English (Rare)
From the name of the large striped cat, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek τιγρις (tigris)
, ultimately of Iranian origin. A famous bearer is American golfer Tiger Woods (1975-).
TIGHEARNACH m Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic tigern
meaning "lord". This was the name of an Irish saint of the 6th century. In his youth he was kidnapped by Welsh pirates and brought to Wales, but he escaped to Scotland. Eventually he returned to Ireland where he was a bishop of Clogher.
TIGHEARNÁN m Irish
Means "little lord" from Irish Gaelic tigern
"lord" combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of a 12th-century king of Breifne in Ireland.
TILL m German
, a Medieval Low German diminutive of names that began with Diet
(for example DIETRICH
), originally from Germanic theud
TILO m German
, a Low German diminutive of names that began with Diet
(for example DIETRICH
), from the Germanic element theud
meaning "people". Saint Tillo was a 7th-century man of Saxony who was kidnapped and brought to the Low Countries by raiders. After his release he became a Benedictine monk and did missionary work in France.
TÍMEA f Hungarian
Created by the Hungarian author Mór Jókai for a character in his novel 'The Golden Man' (1873). The name is apparently based on the Greek word ευθυμια (euthymia)
meaning "good spirits, cheerfulness".
TIMOTHY m English, Biblical
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.
TIMUR m Tatar, Chechen, Kazakh, Uzbek, Russian, History
From the Turkic name Temür
meaning "iron". Timur, also known as Tamerlane
(from Persian تیمور لنگ (Timur e Lang)
meaning "Timur the lame"), was a 14th-century Turkic leader who conquered large areas of Western Asia.
TINATIN f Georgian, Literature
Possibly related to Georgian სინათლე (sinatle)
"light". The name was devised by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for his 12th-century epic poem 'The Knight in the Panther's Skin', in which Tinatin is the ruler of Arabia and the lover of Avtandil
TINUVIEL f Literature
Means "nightingale" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Tinuviel was the daughter of Thingol the elf king and the beloved of Beren, who with her help retrieved one of the Silmarils from the iron crown of Morgoth.
TIRAS m Biblical
Possibly means "desire" in Hebrew. Tiras is a grandson of Noah
in the Old Testament.
TIRTA m & f Indonesian
Means "sacred water, place of pilgrimage" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit तीर्थ (tirtha)
TIRZAH f Biblical
From the Hebrew name תִּרְצָה (Tirtzah)
meaning "favourable". Tirzah is the name of one of the daughters of Zelophehad in the Old Testament. It also occurs in the Old Testament as a place name, the early residence of the kings of the northern kingdom.
TISIPHONE f Greek Mythology
Means "avenging murder" in Greek, derived from τισις (tisis)
"vengeance" and φονη (phone)
"murder". This was the name of one of the Furies or Ερινυες (Erinyes)
in Greek mythology. She killed Cithaeron with the bite of one of the snakes on her head.
TITANIA f Literature
Perhaps based on Latin Titanius
meaning "of the Titans". This name was (first?) used by Shakespeare in his comedy 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (1595) where it is the name of queen of the fairies. This is also a moon of Uranus, named after the Shakespearian character.
TITTY f English
Diminutive of LETITIA
. This is now a slang word for the female breast, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
TITUS m Ancient Roman, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Roman praenomen, or given name, which is of unknown meaning, possibly related to Latin titulus
"title of honour". It is more likely of Oscan origin, since it was borne by the legendary Sabine king Titus Tatius.... [more]
TIVOLI m & f Various
From the name of a picturesque Italian town, used as a summer resort by the ancient Romans.
TIWLIP f Welsh
Means "tulip" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
TIZIANO m Italian
Italian form of the Roman cognomen Titianus
, which was derived from the Roman praenomen TITUS
. A famous bearer was the Venetian Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecellio (1488-1576), known in English as Titian.
TOBIAH m Biblical
From the Hebrew name טוֹבִיָּה (Toviyyah)
which meant "YAHWEH
is good". This was the name of an Ammonite in the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament.
TOBIAS m Biblical, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of TOBIAH
. This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit, which appears in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobit
's son Tobias, with the help of the angel Raphael
, is able to drive away a demon who has plagued Sarah
, who subsequently becomes his wife. This story was popular in the Middle Ages, and the name came into occasional use in parts of Europe at that time. In England it became common after the Protestant Reformation.
TOBIN m English
From an English surname which was itself derived from the given name TOBIAS
TOBIT m Biblical, Biblical Latin
From Greek Τωβιθ (Tobith)
, from the Hebrew name טוֹבִיה (Tovih)
meaning "my good". The apocryphal Book of Tobit, which is canonical in many Christian traditions but not in Judaism, tells the story of Tobit's son Tobias
. He is sent by his father to collect money in Media, aided by the angel Raphael
in the guise of a man. At the end of the story Tobit's blindness is cured.
TOBY m & f English
Medieval form of TOBIAS
. It was sometimes used as a feminine name in the 1930s and 40s due to the influence of American actress Toby Wing (1915-2001).
TODD m English
From a surname meaning "fox", derived from Middle English todde
TOLLAK m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórleikr
, which meant "Thor's play" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with leikr
"play, game (involving weapons)".
TOM (1) m English, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
Short form of THOMAS
. Tom Sawyer was the main character in several of Mark Twain's novels, first appearing in 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876). Other famous bearers include American actors Tom Hanks (1956-) and Tom Cruise (1962-).
TOM (2) m & f Hebrew
Means "the end, innocence, simplicity" from Hebrew תּוֹם (tom)
. It can also be a variant transcription of TAM (2)
TOMIKO f Japanese
From Japanese 富 (tomi)
meaning "wealth, abundance" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
TOMOKO f Japanese
From Japanese 智 (tomo)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" or 朋 (tomo)
meaning "friend" combined with 子 (ko)
meaning "child". This name can be formed of other kanji characters as well.
TOMOMI f & m Japanese
From Japanese 智 (tomo)
meaning "wisdom, intellect" or 朋 (tomo)
meaning "friend" combined with 美 (mi)
meaning "beautiful" or 実 (mi)
meaning "fruit, good result, truth". Other kanji combinations can also form this name.
TOPAZ f English (Rare)
From the English word for the yellow precious stone, the birthstone of November, ultimately derived from Greek τοπαζος (topazos)
TOPSY f English (Rare)
From a nickname which is of unknown meaning, perhaps deriving from the English word top
TOR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Modern Scandinavian form of Þórr
). It was not used as a personal name until the 18th century. It is sometimes used as a short form of names of Old Norse origin that begin with the element Tor
, which is also from Þórr
TORBJÖRN m Swedish
From the Old Norse name Þórbjörn
, which meant "Thor's bear" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with björn
TORGEIR m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórgeirr
, which meant "Thor's spear" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with geirr
TORGNY m Swedish
From the Old Norse name Þórgnýr
meaning "Thor's noise" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with gnýr
"noise, grumble, murmur".
TORHILD f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórhildr
, which meant "Thor's battle" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with hildr
TORIBIO m Spanish
Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Turibius
, of unknown meaning. Saint Toribio was a 16th-century archbishop of Lima.
TORKEL m Norwegian, Swedish
From the Old Norse name Þórketill
meaning "Thor's cauldron" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with ketill
TORLEIF m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórleifr
meaning "Thor's descendant" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with leifr
TORMOD m Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórmóðr
, which meant "Thor's mind" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with móðr
TORNIKE m Georgian
Georgian form of Greek Τορνικιος (Tornikios)
or Τορνικης (Tornikes)
, the name of a prominent Byzantine family that was of Armenian or Georgian descent. The family name may be derived from Armenian թոռնիկ (tornik)
, a diminutive of թոռն (torn)
meaning "grandchild". Usage as a given name probably began in honour of the family, a notable member of which was a saint.
TORNY f Norwegian
From the Old Norse name Þórný
which was derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with ný
TOŠE m Macedonian
Variant transcription of TOSHE
. This is the usual Romanized spelling of the name of the Macedonian pop star Toše Proeski (1981-2007).
TOUSSAINT m French
Means "all saints" in French. This is the name of a Christian festival celebrated on November 1.
TRACY f & m English
From an English surname which was taken from a Norman French place name meaning "domain belonging to THRACIUS
". Charles Dickens used it for a male character in his novel 'The Pickwick Papers' (1837). It was later popularized as a feminine name by the main character Tracy Lord in the movie 'The Philadelphia Story' (1940). This name is also sometimes used as a diminutive of THERESA
TRAFFORD m English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "fishtrap ford" in Old English.
TRAHAEARN m Welsh
Means "very much like iron", derived from Welsh tra
"very, over" and haearn
TRAJAN m History, Macedonian
From the Roman cognomen Traianus
, which is of unknown meaning. The Roman emperor Trajan (full name Marcus Ulpius Traianus) is considered among the most capable men to have led the empire. His military accomplishments include victories over Dacia and Parthia.
TRAUGOTT m German (Rare)
Derived from German trau
"trust" and Gott
"God". This name was created in the 17th century.
TRAVIS m English
From the English surname Travis
(a variant of TRAVERS
). It was used in America in honour of William Travis (1809-1836), the commander of the Texan forces at the Battle of the Alamo.
TREASA f Irish
Possibly means "strength" in Irish Gaelic. It is also sometimes used as an Irish form of THERESA
TRENT m English
From a surname which originally denoted someone who lived by the River Trent
in England. Trent
is also a city in Italy, though the etymology is unrelated.
TRENTON m English
From the name of a New Jersey city established in the 17th century by William Trent. It means "TRENT