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.
TIGLATH-PILESERmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
From תִּגְלַת פִּלְאֶסֶר (Tiglat Pil'eser)
, the Hebrew form of Akkadian Tukulti-apil-esharra
meaning "my trust is in the son of Esharra", Esharra being the main temple dedicated to the god Ashur
in the city of Ashur. This was the name of three kings of Assyria, including the conqueror Tiglath-Pileser III (8th century BC), who is mentioned in the Old Testament.
, 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.
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".
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 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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 the queen of the fairies. This is also a moon of Uranus, named after the Shakespearian character.
Diminutive of LETITIA
. This is now a slang word for the female breast, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
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.
Means "tulip" in Welsh. This is a modern Welsh name.
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)
From Japanese 富 (tomi)
meaning "wealth, abundance" and 子 (ko)
meaning "child". Other combinations of kanji can also form this name.
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.
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.
From the English word for the yellow precious stone, the birthstone of November, ultimately derived from Greek τοπαζος (topazos)
From a nickname which is of unknown meaning, perhaps deriving from the English word top
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".
From the Old Norse name Þórhildr
, which meant "Thor's battle" from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with hildr
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.
From the Old Norse name Þórný
which was derived from the name of the Norse god Þórr
) combined with ný
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.
Possibly means "strength" in Irish Gaelic. It is also sometimes used as an Irish form of THERESA
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.
From the English word Trinity
, given in honour of the Christian belief that God has one essence, but three distinct expressions of being: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It has only been in use as a given name since the 20th century.
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.