Timothy Family History

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Timothy Name Meaning

English: from the New Testament Greek personal name Timotheos, from Greek time ‘honor’ + theos ‘God’. This was the name of a companion of St. Paul who, according to tradition, was stoned to death for denouncing the worship of Diana in Ephesus. This was not in general use in England as a given name until Tudor times, so, insofar as it is an English surname at all, it is a late formation (e.g. in Wales, where surnames came into use only relatively recently). In America it also represents an adoption of the English given name in place of a cognate in Greek (Timotheou, Timotheopoulos) or any of various other European languages. Irish: adoption of the English personal name as an equivalent of Tumulty.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Dorothy, Troy, Tilly, Tilley, Simos, Booth, Tilton, Totty, Koshy

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Timothy Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Timothy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Timothy Family Origin

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Timothy Family Occupations

What did your Timothy ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Timothy occupation in the USA was Laborer. 27% of Timothy's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Timothy family was Farm Laborer. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Timothy.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Timothy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Timothy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Timothy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Timothy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Timothy. For the veterans among your Timothy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Timothy Life Expectancy

What is the average Timothy lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Timothy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Timothy in 1952 was 57, and 83 in 2004.

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