Meaning: Its source is Theophania, a Greek name meaning "Revelation of God."
Languages: This girl's name is used in English.
Alternative Spellings: Taffany, Tifanee, Tifaney, Tifani, Tifanie, Tifany, Tiffane, Tiffaney, Tiffani, Tiffanie, Tiffanny, Tiffeney, Tiffenie, Tiffine, Tiffiney, Tiffini, Tiffinie, Tiffiny, Tiphani, Tiphanie and Tiphany
Source Forms: Theophania
Popularity: The name Tiffany ranked 130th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics, 110th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census and 45th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1994 US Census.
This name is highly rated both on the 1990 U.S. Census list and in state data recording the most popular baby names.
Narrative: In many Christian countries, girls born on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, are given some form of this name. That feast commemorates the visit of the three Magi (''wise men'' or ''astrologers'') to the infant Jesus twelve days after his birth.
The Magi were a caste of priests known for their mastery of astrological lore. Indeed, the three Magi claimed to find Jesus by tracing the path of a star that came to rest over his birthplace.
They were also famous in the ancient world for their ability to interpret dreams. In the Bible story, a dream warns the Magi to return home without telling the jealous King Herod where they found Jesus.
Traditionally, the three are known as Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, and at least one of them is identified as African. However, you will not find those names or their ethnic backgrounds discussed in the Bible. These were supplied in the 7th century by the English church historian known as the Venerable Bede.
To modern Christians, the most important aspect of the story is that the Magi were Gentiles, and thus their visit to the baby Jesus can be seen as the ''revelation of God'' to the non-Jewish world.
Arts and Music
- ''Breakfast at Tiffany's''
Also the name of a story by Truman Capote, and the movie based upon it.
- A 1996 hit recorded by Deep Blue Something (see list of Names in Song titles)
- Variety of rose (see list of Rose Names)
- Tiffany Chin
- 1985 U. S. Figure Skating champion (see list of United States Figure Skating Champions)
- Tiffany Cohen
- 1984 Olympic swimming gold medal winner for 400m and 800m Freestyle (see list of Olympic Gold Medalists in Freestyle Swimming)
Stage and Screen
- Tiffany Welles
- Portrayed by Shelley Hack (see list of ''Charlie's Angels'')
- Tiffer Sniffer
- Tiffy Wiffy