Gender: Feminine

Origin: Goshute

Meaning: “Bear.”

Pronunciation: (too-WIL-ah)

Nicknames: Tooe, Tooli, Willa

Detail: Historical research reveals the name “Tooele” comes from the Goshute Indian word “bear.” There are several families with the last name “Bear” — descendants of the Goshute Indians who signed a treaty with early Tooele Valley Mormons.

Tooele County, Utah was originally known as Tuilla County. The spelling was changed to Tooele in 1852, when boundaries of the State of Deseret were extended to the California border.


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Voice of revenge.”

Pronunciation: (tih-SIF-oh-nee)

Nicknames:  Tisi, Tis, Tiz, Tizzy

Detail: In Greek mythology the Erinyes (or Furies in Roman mythology) were female chthonic deities of vengeance. Alecto (“unceasing”), Megaera (“grudging”), and Tisiphone (“avenging murder”).


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Literary

Meaning: “Daughter of the starry twilight.”

Pronunciation: (tih-NOO-vee-el)

Nicknames: Tini, Tin, Tinu, Nuvi

Detail: Luthien Tinuviel, a half-elven princess, was “the fairest maiden that has ever been among all the children of this world.” It literally means “daughter of the starry twilight”, which signifies “nightingale”.


Name Day:  August 24

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Aggressive; warlike.”

Pronunciation: (TO-leh-mee) Ptolemy

Nicknames: Tol, Tolo, Lemy

Detail: Greek name derived from the word polemeios, meaning “agressive, warlike.” Ptolemy was very popular with the upper class of Greece for several hundred years AD, so appears on many unrelated generals and leaders of the time.

Ptolemy was an Egyptian astronomer, mathematician, and geographer who flourished in Alexandria during the 2nd century A.D.

It was also the name of fifteen Egyptian kings.


  • Batlemos (Arabic)
  • Ptolemaeus (Greek)
  • Ptolemaeus (Latin)
  • Ptolemaios (Greek / German)
  • Ptolemais (Greek)
  • Ptolemäus (German)
  • Ptolemy (English)
  • Ptolomeo (Spanish)
  • Talmai (Aramaic)
  • Talmai (Hebrew)
  • Tolomeo (Italian / Spanish)