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Tobin was quite the popular name for baby boys during the mid-20th century, and while it hasn't quite made it back on the list of the top 1,000 baby names for boys in the United States, we think it might during the 2020s. Tobin fits into the “surname as a given name” trend, and it comes with a cute nickname. It pairs well with most middle names and has both Irish and Hebrew origin stories.

Meaning of the name Tobin:

Hebrew: God is good
Irish: Region in France

Origin of the name Tobin:

Tobin has two origin stories. The first is that it's simply a derivative of the Hebrew name Tobias. It means “God is good.” It's also thought to be derived from the surname St. Aubyn. During the Norman Conquest, the St. Aubyn family left France and set up roots in Ireland. St. Aubyn was derived from the St. Albine de Terregatt region of Normandy, France.

Symbolism of the name Tobin:

As a Hebrew name, Tobin's meaning, “God is good,” may offer much in the way of symbolism to parents of various faiths. Other new parents may see the name as a way to honor their Irish or French heritage.

Style of the name Tobin:

Surname as a given name, traditional

Gender of the name Tobin:

Tobin is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Tobin:


Number of syllables in the name Tobin:


Emotion evoked from the name Tobin:

The baby name Tobin evokes images of someone who has a scientific mind but also has a strong spiritual side.

Alternative spellings for the name Tobin:

  • Toben
  • Tobyn
  • Thobin
  • Toban
  • Thobyn

Nicknames for the name Tobin:

Popularity of the name Tobin:

According to the Social Security Administration, Tobin was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States on and off between 1958 and 1978. It was most popular in 1971 when it ranked at number 720. It last ranked at number 873 in 1978.

Related names for the name Tobin:

Great middle names for Tobin and their meanings:

  • James (supplanter)
  • Jack (God is gracious)
  • Wolf (wolf)
  • Parker (park keeper)
  • Mitchell (who is like God)
  • Edward (wealthy guardian)
  • Henry (ruler of the house)
  • Scott (from Scotland)
  • Samuel (God has heard)

Famous people with the name Tobin:

  • Tobin Bell (actor)
  • Tobin Esperance (musician and member of the band Papa Roach)
  • Tobin Heath (soccer player)
  • Tobin Rote (football player)
  • Tobin Sprout (musician)

Tobin in popular culture:

  • Tobin (character on the TV show “The Walking Dead”)
  • Tobin (character in the “Dragon Slippers” book series)
  • Tobin (character on the TV show “Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist”)
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