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National Tim Day – December 28, 2022

National Tim Day is marked on December 28 every year. The name Tim is derived from the name Timothy, which is used in the English language, but its origin is Old Greek. The English pronunciation is /ti-muh-thee/, a biblical name that derives its elements from ‘time,’ meaning ‘honor,’ and ‘theos,’ meaning ‘god.’ Taken together, it means ‘honored by’ or ‘honoring god.’ Timotheos is its Old Greek form, while Timotheus is its original Latin form.

History of National Tim Day

Timmy, Timmie, Timbo, and Timo are other nicknames for the more formal-sounding Timothy. Though the name was common in classical Greece, it was only adopted by English speakers in the 16th century.

It’s still a good choice for baby boys today, though it was more widely used in the past. It rose in popularity from the 1920s to the 1960s. During its peak usage in 1967, there were 1,607 boys named Timothy which placed the name at number 11 in the ranking. Though primarily a boy’s name, Tim was also used as a girl’s name in the past. The number of boys who bore the name was 153 times more than girls in 1970. Since then, the name has experienced a steep decline in popularity. Its usage came down to 0.121% in 2018, and fell to a lower ranking of number 165, though it was still the most used boy name in its group. In 2020, 1,985 boys were named Timothy, as well as one out of 923 baby boys.

Think that sounds like a lot of Tims in the world? Assuming that the naming preferences and the birth rate is the same as in 2020, in a group of 10,000 people, there would be six individuals called Timothy. Put another way, if someone called Timothy met 10,000 people throughout their lifetime, they would have a 99.608% chance of meeting at least one person with the same given name.

National Tim Day timeline

December 19, 1843
The Novella A Christmas Carol

Timothy “Tiny Tim” Cratchit appears briefly but with great impact in the Charles Dickens 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol.”

1964
The Start of a Doughnut Franchise

Professional Canadian hockey player Tim Horton opens the first Tim Horton Doughnut Shop in Hamilton, Ontario, which would later become a multi-million dollar franchise.

March 12, 1989
The World Wide Web’s Inventor

Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web while working at CERN.

October 30, 2014
Tim Cook Says he is Gay

Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook comes out publicly as gay and becomes the first and only openly gay C.E.O. on the Fortune 500 list.

National Tim Day FAQs

Is Timothy also a surname?

Yes, the name is used as both a first and last name.

Can Timothy be used as a girl’s name?

Yes, ‘Timothea’ is its female version.

What do the books of Timothy teach us?

Book I deals with the need for prayer and proper worship. It also outlines the qualifications for deacons and bishops. Book II illustrates the need to endure difficulties to achieve eternal glory. It likewise compares true and false teachers as well as honorable and dishonorable vessels of Christ.

National Tim Day Activities

  1. Do a Tim Tam Slam

    Take one chocolate biscuit and bite off its opposite corners. Use it as a straw to slurp up a hot drink like tea or milk. Pop the melted treat in your mouth in one go. Repeat as desired!

  2. Have coffee at Tim Hortons

    A name first famous for ice hockey is now popular for doughnuts and coffee. Forgo your usual coffee break; haunt down this Canadian franchise and get your caffeine and sugar fix here instead.

  3. Read the book of Timothy in the Bible

    The Apostle Paul was Timothy’s mentor. He wrote these books to help Timothy spread the Gospel of Christ.

5 Film Actors Named Tim

  1. Tim Dalton

    This English actor gained worldwide recognition as the fourth in line to play fictional secret agent James Bond in “The Living Daylights” and “License to Kill.”

  2. Tim Robbins

    Best known for his role as Andy Dufresne in the prison drama film “The Shawshank Redemption,” and he’s also a director, screenwriter, musician, and producer.

  3. Tim Curry

    Often playing the villain, this English performer has a diverse resume of works in film, theater, and television.

  4. Tim Allen

    Playing Tim Taylor on the sitcom “Home Improvement” put this U.S. actor and comedian on the map.

  5. Tim Conway

    From 1966 to 2012 he appeared in many T.V. shows, T.V. series, and films, with his stint on “The Carol Burnett Show” being one of his more memorable appearances.

Why We Love National Tim Day

  1. It’s the name of a chocolate biscuit

    Australian biscuit company owner Ross Arnott attended the 1958 Kentucky Derby in the U.S. and decided that the year’s winning horse’s name, Tim Tam, was perfect for a new line of biscuits they were planning to make. It was created by Ian Norris and Alan Morrow and first sold in 1964.

  2. He is a biblical figure

    One of Jesus’ apostles, Paul, met Timothy during his missionary journey and they became missionary partners and travel companions. Mentored by Paul, Timothy became the first Christian bishop of Ephesus.

  3. He’s a gothic fantasy genius

    American director Tim Burton is known for such films as “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” His dark, quirky style is also present in all of his works as a screenwriter, artist, and animator.

National Tim Day dates

YearDateDay
2022December 28Wednesday
2023December 28Thursday
2024December 28Saturday
2025December 28Sunday
2026December 28Monday

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