Tammy (given name)

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Tammy
Origin
Word/Name Hebrew or Greek via Aramaic
Meaning "palm tree" or "twin"
Other names
Related names Tamar, Tamara, Tamsin

Tammy is a feminine given name. It can be a short form of the names Taimur, Tamsin, Thomasina, or Tamar or Tamara.[1] Tamsin and Thomasina are feminine versions of the name Thomas, a Greek form of the Aramaic name Te'oma, meaning twin.[2] Tamara is a Russian form of the Hebrew name Tamar, which means "palm tree."[3] In Israel "Tammy" (תמי) is commonly used as an abbreviation of the original Hebrew name.

The name was popularized by a film series from the 1950s and 1960s about a lovable backwoods girl named Tammy Tyree.[4]

Tammy was most popular as a girl's name in the United States in the 1950s, when it was the 140th most popular name given to girls; in the 1960s, when it was the 13th most popular name for girls; and in the 1970s, when it was the 23rd most popular name for girls. It remained well-used throughout the 1980s and into the mid-1990s. It has not been ranked among the top 1,000 names for girls born in the United States since 1998. It was the 75th most common name for all females in the United States in the 1990 census. It was ranked as the 959th most popular name for boys born between 1960 and 1969 in the United States, but has not appeared among the top 1,000 names for boys there since the 1960s.

People with the given name[edit]

Tammy Bennett

Tammy Müller

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Behind the Name
  2. ^ Behind the Name
  3. ^ Behind the Name
  4. ^ Rosenkrantz, Linda, and Satran, Pamela Redmond (2007). Baby Name Bible. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-35220-2