October 20, 2015

Thaddeus

Thaddeus ~ Given by God, Heart ~ Greek, Aramaic


A distinguished biblical name that's ready for rediscovery, Thaddeus is starting to win over our hearts and the top spots on our list of favorites. Still, it's a slow climb for this buttoned-down, creative, and traditional name.

History
Thaddeus came to be centuries ago, the product of the biblical name Thaddai, or the apostle Jude's name in Aramaic. The Aramaic name translates to heart or courageous heart. But Thaddeus may also have roots in Greek names like Theodoros or Thoedotos, names that mean gift of God or given by God.

The bottom line is that you'll see Thaddeus in the list of Christ's apostles in the Bible, making this name a biblical, ancient name with strong roots. In America, this name has been steadily used but never popular, hitting a modest peak in the 300s in the 1910s. It sounds aged, refined, and a little bit quirky, in a fantastic way.

Popularity
Thaddeus is very slowly, but steadily, gaining popularity. It's only ranked at 732, but it has been improving every year since 2010. I think the timing is perfect for this name, which is a little bit vintage and unique at the same time. It's an underrated, fashionable choice along the lines of Theodore, Tobias, and Atticus.

Nicknames
  • Tad
  • Thad
Famous Namesakes & Celebrity Babies
  • Thaddeus Stevens (1792–1868), US House of Representatives
  • Thaddeus Coleman Pound (1877-1883), US House of Representatives and grandfather of poet Ezra Pound
  • Thaddeus "Thad" McCotter, US House of Representatives (from 2003-2012)
  • Thaddeus "Thad" Luckinbill, actor
  • Thaddeus "Thad" Lewis, quarterback
  • Thaddeus, son of actors Thad Luckinbill and Amelia Heinle
  • Thaddeus, son of actress Mia Farrow

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