THOMASmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Greek, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta'oma')
which meant "twin". In the New Testament this is the name of an apostle. When he heard that Jesus
had risen from the dead he initially doubted the story, until Jesus appeared before him and he examined his wounds himself. According to tradition he was martyred in India. Due to his renown, the name came into general use in the Christian world.... [more]
THORmNorse Mythology, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
From the Old Norse Þórr
meaning "thunder", ultimately from the early Germanic *Þunraz
. Thor was the Norse god of strength, thunder, war and storms, the son of Odin
. He was armed with a hammer called Mjolnir, and wore an enchanted belt that doubled his strength.
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "thorn clearing" in Old English.
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "thorn town" in Old English.
THOTHmEgyptian Mythology (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian Djhwty
(reconstructed as Djehuti
), which is of uncertain meaning. In Egyptian mythology Thoth was the god of the moon, science, magic, speech and writing. He was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis.
From a Roman name which meant "of Thracia". Thracia was a region in southeast Europe, now divided between Greece and Turkey.
THUTMOSEmAncient Egyptian (Anglicized)
From Τουθμωσις (Touthmosis)
, the Greek form of Egyptian Djhwty-ms
meaning "born of Thoth", itself composed of the name of the Egyptian god THOTH
combined with mesu
"be born". Thutmose was the name of four Egyptian pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including Thutmose III who conquered Syria and Nubia.
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.
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.
Diminutive of MATTHIJS
as well as Dutch names beginning with the Germanic element theud
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-).
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.
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.
, a Medieval Low German diminutive of names that began with Diet
(for example DIETRICH
), originally from Germanic theud
, 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.
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.
TIMURmTatar, 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.
Possibly means "desire" in Hebrew. Tiras is a grandson of Noah
in the Old Testament.
TIRTAm & fIndonesian
Means "sacred water, place of pilgrimage" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit तीर्थ (tirtha)
TITUSmAncient 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]
TIVOLIm & fVarious
From the name of a picturesque Italian town, used as a summer resort by the ancient Romans.
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.
From the Hebrew name טוֹבִיָּה (Toviyyah)
which meant "YAHWEH
is good", from the elements טוֹב (tov)
meaning "good" and יָה (yah)
referring to the Hebrew God. This was the name of an Ammonite in the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament.
TOBIASmBiblical, 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.
TOBITmBiblical, 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.
TOBYm & fEnglish
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).
From a surname meaning "fox", derived from Middle English todde
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)mEnglish, 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 & fHebrew
Means "the end, innocence, simplicity" from Hebrew תּוֹם (tom)
. It can also be a variant transcription of TAM (2)
TOMOMIf & mJapanese
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.
TORmSwedish, 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
From the Old Norse name Þórbjörn
, which meant "Thor's bear" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with björn
From the Old Norse name Þórgeirr
, which meant "Thor's spear" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with geirr
From the Old Norse name Þórgnýr
meaning "Thor's noise" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with gnýr
"noise, grumble, murmur".
Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Turibius
, of unknown meaning. Saint Toribio was a 16th-century archbishop of Lima.
From the Old Norse name Þórketill
meaning "Thor's cauldron" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with ketill
From the Old Norse name Þórleifr
meaning "Thor's descendant" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with leifr
From the Old Norse name Þórmóðr
, which meant "Thor's mind" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with móðr
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.
Variant transcription of TOSHE
. This is the usual Romanized spelling of the name of the Macedonian pop star Toše Proeski (1981-2007).
Means "all saints" in French. This is the name of a Christian festival celebrated on November 1.
TRACYf & mEnglish
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
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "fishtrap ford" in Old English.
Means "very much like iron", derived from Welsh tra
"very, over" and haearn
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.
Derived from German trau
"trust" and Gott
"God". This name was created in the 17th century.
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.
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.
From the name of a New Jersey city established in the 17th century by William Trent. It means "TRENT
From a surname which was derived from a Cornish place name meaning "homestead on the hill".
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "big village" from Welsh tref
"village" and mawr
TRIm & fIndonesian
Means "three, third" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit त्रि (tri)
TRINIDADf & mSpanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity. An island in the West Indies bears this name.
TRISTANmWelsh, English, French, Arthurian Romance
Old French form of the Pictish name Drustan
, a diminutive of DRUST
. The spelling was altered by association with Latin tristis
"sad". Tristan is a character in medieval French tales, probably inspired by older Celtic legends, and ultimately merged into Arthurian legend. According to the story Tristan was sent to Ireland in order to fetch Isolde
, who was to be the bride of King Mark of Cornwall. On the way back, Tristan and Isolde accidentally drink a potion which makes them fall in love. Their tragic story was very popular in the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since that time.
From the Old Norse byname Þróndr
which indicated a person from Trøndelag, a region in central Norway, possibly derived from þróast
meaning "to grow, to prosper".
From a surname that originally denoted a person from the city of Troyes in France. This was also the name of the ancient city that was besieged by the Greeks in Homer
From a surname which meant "trusty man" in Middle English. A famous bearer of the surname was American president Harry S. Truman (1884-1972). It was also borne by American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984).
Derived from Greek τρυφη (tryphe)
meaning "softness, delicacy". Saint Tryphon, a gooseherder from Syria, was martyred in the 3rd century.
TSUBASAm & fJapanese
From Japanese 翼 (tsubasa)
meaning "wing", as well as other kanji or kanji combinations with the same pronunciation.
TUm & fChinese
From Chinese 图 (tú)
meaning "chart, map" or other characters with similar pronunciations.
TÚm & fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 秀 (tú)
meaning "luxuriant, beautiful, elegant, outstanding".
From an occupational surname derived from Old English tucian
meaning "one who fulls cloth".
From the older Welsh name Tudur
, possibly from the hypothetical Celtic name Toutorix
meaning "ruler of the people" (cognate with THEODORIC
). As a surname it was borne by five monarchs of England beginning with Henry VII in the 15th century.
Italian form of the Roman family name Tullius
, which is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer was Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman orator and author.
Form of Tullius
) used to refer to the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Means "strength vigour" in Sindarin. In the 'Silmarillion' (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Tuor was the mortal man who came to the hidden city of Gondolin to warn of its imminent doom. When Gondolin was attacked and destroyed he escaped with his wife Idril
and son Eärendil, and sailed into the west.