Meaning & History
English form of the Greek name Τιμόθεος (Timotheos) meaning "honouring God", derived from τιμάω (timao) meaning "to honour" and θεός (theos) meaning "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.
Other Languages & CulturesTimoteus, Timotheos(Ancient Greek) Tsimafei(Belarusian) Timotheos(Biblical Greek) Timotheus(Biblical Latin) Timotei(Bulgarian) Tim(Danish) Tim, Timo, Timotheus(Dutch) Timo(Estonian) 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) Tymofiy(Ukrainian)
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Entry updated May 29, 2020