Thaddeus: baby boy name meaning and popularity.


An Anglicized version of the Aramaic name Thaddai, which has an unclear meaning. It may be derived from a word meaning "heart," or a variation of Theodore, which means "gift of God," or from the Aramaic word "tawdi," meaning "praise, thanks." This does not, however, make your little Thaddeus more likely to remember his manners in front of grandparents, clergy members, or anyone else you'd like to impress with your superior parenting.


Thad, Tad, Teddy.

Famous people named Thaddeus:

Filmmaker Thaddeus "Thad" Matula; football players Thaddeus Lewis and Thaddeus Gibson; Civil War-era Congressman and slavery opponent Thaddeus Stevens.

Fun fact:

St. Judas (Jude) Thaddeus is the patron saint of lost causes.

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