The Ts of Ukrainian names

Male names:

Taras is the Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian form of the Greek name Tarasios, which possibly means “from Taras.” Taras Shevchenko is Ukraine’s great national writer, who was also a prolific artist.

Tereshko is a folk or diminutive form of Terentiy, which comes from the Roman family name Terentius (of unknown meaning).

Trokhym comes from the Greek name Trophimos (nourishing).

Tyberiy is the Ukrainian form of the Roman praenomen Tiberius (of the Tiber River).

Tykhon comes from the Greek name Tychon and the word tyche (fortune, luck, chance).

Tymish is a folk or diminutive form of Tymofiy (see below).

Tymofiy is the Ukrainian form of Timothy, which comes from the Greek name Timotheos (honouring God).

Female names:

Tamusya is a rare diminutive of Tamara, which comes from the Hebrew name Tamar (date palm).

Tavifa is the Ukrainian form of Tabitha, which means “gazelle” in Aramaic.

Tayisiya is the Ukrainian form of the Greek name Thaïs, which possibly means “bandage” in Greek.

Tetyana is the Ukrainian form of Tatyana, which derives from the Roman family name Tatius. It may be of Sabine origin.

Tisba is the Ukrainian form of the Greek name Thisbe, which derives from the name of an Ancient Greek town in Boeotia. In turn, the town was supposedly named for a nymph.

All about Theodore

It’s been four months since I last posted, despite my plans to post more often on my secondary blog this year. Since March, my main blogging focus has been on my Dantean posts on my primary blog (which I’ve also been converting into vlogs), so this one fell by the wayside. Let’s get back into the swing of things with a post about my third-fave male name! I had a 2016 post spotlighting my fave forms of Theodore, but haven’t had a full post devoted to every form of the name.

Theodore is an English name which derives from Greek Theodoros (gift of God). The female name Dorothea comes from the same roots, only in reverse. Theodoros was a popular name in Classical Greece, and it remained popular after the advent of Christianity, due to several saints with the name. However, this name wasn’t very popular in the Anglophone world till the 19th century.

Theodore was on the U.S. Top 100 from 1880–1944 and 1950–51. Its lowest rank to date has been #314 in 1999. In 2015, it re-entered the Top 100 at #99 and began rising rapidly. In 2020, it was #23.

The name is also popular in England and Wales (#14), Canada (#15), New Zealand (#15), Québec (#38), Scotland (#50), Northern Ireland (#57), and Ireland (#66). The spelling Theodor is #18 in Norway, #26 in Denmark, #41 in Sweden, and #42 in Austria.

Swiss physician Théodore Tronchin, 1709–1781

Other forms of the name include:

1. Theodor is German, Scandinavian, Romanian, and Czech.

2. Theodoor is Dutch.

3. Teodor is Czech, Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish, Serbian, Scandinavian, Slovenian, Macedonian, Slovak, Catalan, Albanian, and Croatian. The alternate form Teodòr is Provençal and Languedocian.

4. Todor is Bulgarian, Serbian, and Macedonian. The alternate form Tódor is Hungarian.

5. Tudor is Romanian.

6. Théodore is French.

7. Teodoro is Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

8. Tedore is Georgian.

9. Teodors is Latvian.

10. Toros is Armenian.

Polish pianist, composer, and teacher Teodor Leszetycki, 1830–1915

11. Tivadar is Hungarian.

12. Thei is Limburgish.

13. Teuvo is Finnish.

14. Tewodros is Amharic.

15. Tédór is Kashubian.

16. Teodoru is Sicilian and Corsican.

17. Tiadoru is Sardinian.

18. Tiudoru is Corsican.

19. Teodoro is Asturian.

20. Tiutôk is Greenlandic.

Filipino businessman and philanthropist Teodoro R. Yangco, 1861–1939

21. Todrus is Yiddish.

22. Téodóir is Irish.

23. Teador is Belarusian.

24. Suoder is Yakut.

25. Fyodor is Russian. This is one of the few names I like where an F appears in place of a TH, probably because it’s the first letter of the name instead of in the middle.

26. Fedir is Ukrainian.

27. Kvedor is Mordvin.

28. Joder is Swiss–German.

29. Fyodar is Belarusian.

30. Khvedar is also Belarusian.

Romanian revolutionary hero Tudor Vladimirescu, ca. 1780–1821

31. Teodoras is Lithuanian.

32. Tevazirus is Turkish.

33. Tewdwr is Welsh.

34. Tewodros is Arabic and Coptic.

35. Tedros is Eritrean and Ethiopian.

36. Tuudor, or Tuudur, is Estonian.

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, 1906–1969

Female forms:

1. Theodora is Greek, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and English. The alternate forms Théodóra and Theodóra are Icelandic, and Théodora is French.

2. Teodora is Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, Bulgarian, and Romanian. The alternate form Teodóra is Hungarian.

3. Théodorine is an elaborated, modern French–African form.

4. Fyodora is Russian.

5. Feodora is an alternate Russian form.

6. Fešu is Veps, a Finnic language spoken in Russia.

7. Söduöre is Yakut.

8. Todora is Serbian.

9. Tiadora is Sardinian.

The Ts of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

Female names:

Taudisca (T), Tedesca (I) derives from Proto–Germanic root *þiudiskaz (popular, of the people, vernacular), and coincides with the Italian word tedesca (German woman).

Temperantia (I) means “self-control, temperance, moderation, sobriety.”

Tiberia (I) is the feminine form of Latin name Tiberius (of the Tiber River).

Tomasina, Thomsina (I) is a feminine form of Thomas (twin).

Tortula (I) means “small twist.”

Toscana (T, I) means Tuscany.

Male names:

Tallarico (I) is a shortened form of Atalarico, which derives from Ancient Germanic names Athalaric and Adalric (noble power). Its roots are Old High German adal (noble) and rîcja (mighty, powerful, strong), Celtic rîg or rix (king, ruler), and Gothic reiks (king, ruler).

Tedaldo, Teodaldo (I) derives from Ancient Germanic name Theudewald. Its roots are Germanic þeud (people) and Gothic valdan (to reign).

Teramo (I) is the name of a city in the Abruzzo region, taken from the first part of its Roman name, Interamnia Praetutiorum (between the two rivers of the Praetutii). The Praetutii were an Italic tribe. This is more common as a surname in modern Italy.

Theudo (I) derives from Gothic root þiuda (people), and was both a nickname and full given name. This was also Medieval Portuguese, Medieval Polish, Medieval French, and Medieval German.

Triadano (I)

The Ts of Estonian names

Male:

Taido means “artistic.”

Taivo means “heavens.”

Tarmo means “energy, vigour, drive.” I have a child character by this name.

Tarvo means “power, energy.”

Tunne is the Estonian form of Karelian Finnish name Tauno, which means “modest, peaceful.” It also means “feeling, sense, sensation” in Estonian.

Tormi means “storm.”

Female:

Tähte means “star.” The Finnish form is Tähti. This is a rare name in both languages.

Taimi means “young tree, sapling” or “plant.” This is also a Finnish name. The male form is Taimo.

Talvi means “winter.” This is also a Finnish name.

Teele is the Estonian form of Adele, which means “noble.”

Terje means “mist.” The Finnish form is Terhi.

Tuule means “wind.” The Finnish form is Tuuli.

All about Tobias

Scottish writer Tobias Smollett (1721–71), painted ca. 1770

Tobias is the Greek form of Hebrew names Toviyahu and Toviyah (God is good). Besides Greek, this form of the name is also used in English, German, Slovak, Portuguese, and the Scandinavian languages. The alternate form Tobiáš (To-bee-AHSH) is Czech; Tóbiás (same pronunciation) is Hungarian; Tobías is Spanish, Catalan, and Galician; and Tóbías is Icelandic.

Though the name only enjoys modest popularity in the U.S. (#275 in 2018, with a high of #246 in 2016), it’s much more popular in Austria (#10), Norway (#17), the Czech Republic (#24 as of 2016), The Netherlands (#50), England and Wales (#98).

Tobias enjoys the most sustained popularity of all in Austria. It started at #39 in 1990 and jumped into the Top 10 in 2000, at #9. The name was #3 from 2002–04, #2 from 2005–09, #4 from 2010–12, and #1 in 2013. It’s been in the Top 10 for almost twenty years.

Brazilian poet, philosopher, literary critic, and jurist Tobias Barreto de Meneses, 1839–89

Other forms of this lovely name include:

1. Tobiasz is Polish.

2. Topias is Finnish. One of the nicknames is Topi.

3. Tobia is Italian.

4. Tobiah is an alternative, old-fashioned Hebrew transliteration.

5. Tuviyah, Tuviah, Tuvya, or Tuvia is modern Hebrew.

6. Tevye is Yiddish. Probably everyone knows this name as the protagonist of Fiddler on the Roof!

7. Tobie is French.

8. Tobies is a rare Catalan form.

9. Tobit is Amharic. This is also the title character of a book of the Bible.

10. Tobejas is Sami.

Polish-Belarusian partisan hero Tuvia Bielski, who together with his three brothers saved over 1,200 people from the Nazis (1906–87); image used to illustrate subject under fair use rationale

11. Thobias is a Scandinavian variant.

12. Tobiasi is Kven, a Finnic language spoken in northern Norway.

13. Tobiôsz is Kashubian.

14. Tobyś is Vilamovian.

15. Tovias is a rare modern Greek form.

16. Toviya is Russian.

17. Tovija is Serbian.

18. Tobija is Slovenian.

19. Toby is English. This is also sometimes used as a female name.

20. Toviy is Russian.

Polish-Israeli Nazi-hunter Tuviah Friedman, 1922–2011

Female forms:

1. Tobina is a rare Swedish form.

2. Tobia is also a rare Swedish form.