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Timothy - do we like?

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VanillaIce Mon 17-Aug-09 11:45:55

Hello out there,

What do people think of the name Timothy? I expect it to be shortened to Tim eventually. On the one hand I wonder if it's a bit Tarquin or self-consciously middle-class. On the other, my husband says he knew several rough-necks called Tim when he was growing up. Maybe it's a name that straddles the classes???

What do we think?


chichichien Mon 17-Aug-09 11:48:37

Overall, it tend to be wet but there is a reasonable number of non-wet Tims across the country to counter that.

mrswoolf Mon 17-Aug-09 13:21:58

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Fimbo Mon 17-Aug-09 13:23:19

It's a dog's name. grin

I hardly know any in Scotland but since moving to England know loads of them.

PestoMonster Mon 17-Aug-09 13:36:20


MarshaBrady Mon 17-Aug-09 13:38:03

Not keen. Isn't it Tim nice but dim? Bit wet.

But then he might be a great strapping lad and help change perceptions of the name Tim.

rubyslippers Mon 17-Aug-09 13:40:02


Thomas or Tom much better IMO

Thunderduck Mon 17-Aug-09 13:48:51

I like it.

idontbelieveitifitsinthemail Mon 17-Aug-09 13:49:10

I always think of "Language Timothy!" from that awful sitcom with Ronnie Corbett.

chichichien Mon 17-Aug-09 14:12:52

I am now thinking of 'timm-eey' said in south park accent

weegiemum Mon 17-Aug-09 14:15:17

I do tend to think "Tim Nice But Dim" but I know a Tim who is nice and not the tiniest bit dim ....

chichichien Mon 17-Aug-09 14:15:51

I do think it's a very english name

screamingabdab Mon 17-Aug-09 14:46:48

I'm sorry, but it sounds a bit "weak" to me. I have a totally non-scientific theory that the best boys names have an "a" or an "o" in the middle (or an "e" at a push, like Ben)

eg Nice names



Weak names:


<offends whole swathes of people in one fell swoop> grin

weaselbudge Mon 17-Aug-09 14:49:32

Not related to any particular class but I agree - Tom is better (although I'm completely biased as I have a significant ex called Tim who was really quite wet if i'm honest about it)

CuppaTeaJanice Mon 17-Aug-09 14:52:24

I had a massive childhood crush on Timothy Claypole from Rentaghost.

I don't think any adults in real life call themselves Timothy though. I've only met Tims and they are a very varied bunch of folk.

piscesmoon Mon 17-Aug-09 14:55:47

It is a great problem for anyone who can't pronounce 'th'. I was put of it by a child who called himself Timossy-it was the best he could manage. Certain accents will call him Timoffy. Better stick to Tim if you use it!

MrsBarbaraKingstanding Mon 17-Aug-09 14:56:27

We do not.

Thunderduck Mon 17-Aug-09 15:03:18

One of dp's closest friends is called Timothy.He uses the full version of his name and is a 6'6 rugby player.

He's lovely so I have good associations with the name.

MaggieBeauLeo Mon 17-Aug-09 15:18:19

I like it.... it was on my list and people laughed though. It has a bad image. THe only Timothys I've known were nothing like that image though. It has had bad PR over the years. Didn't do Tim Henman any harm though. I like Gregory more. Gregory sounds like the brother of Timothy, but the sportier, more confident brother.

MaggieBeauLeo Mon 17-Aug-09 15:22:06

I like it more than Barnaby though.

screamingabdab Mon 17-Aug-09 15:26:54

grin " "I like it more than Barnaby, though"

I beg to differ about Tim Henman. All those drippy women shouting "Tim, Tiiim" at Wimbledon. Blerk

Apologies for any offence caused.

thedollshouse Mon 17-Aug-09 15:27:54

I love it.

MaggieBeauLeo Mon 17-Aug-09 15:41:52

I know, and odd comment perhaps, I have names ending in Y filed on the same chip in my brain.

MadameCastafiore Mon 17-Aug-09 15:49:30

Noooooo 'Tim Nice but Dim' or 'Language Timothy' always comes to mind!

MaggieBeauLeo Mon 17-Aug-09 15:51:01

Timothy Lumsden. Kids today won't know who he is though!

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