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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Tammy
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Tammy in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Tammy:
Records indicate that 329,172 girls in the United States have been named Tammy since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1963, when 21,174 people in the U.S. were given the name Tammy. Those people are now 56 years old.
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Comments about the name Tammy
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37 Positive Comments
"My name is Tammy Ann. I was named after the Tammy movies and the song too. I had 2 or 3 other Tammy's in my grade school, and maybe 4-5 in high school. I like the name and it does fit me. It's not overly girly. My Dad's name is Tom, so I kind of feel it's a bit like the girl version of Thomas/Tom/Tommy.
I named my daughter Samantha, and she goes by Sammie. Tammy and Sammie make a great team." Jul. 31, 2015:
"2015--I just came across this sight. Like so many I was born in 1958 and after the Debbie Reynolds movies. However, my name is spelled Tammey and so far I am the only one that I know that spells it this way. It does make me feel special to know that there are not many Tammey's in this big world of ours." May. 18, 2015:
"My mom's name is Tammy and she loves her name. She never complains about it and I actually like it too." Dec. 15, 2014:
"My name is Tammy and I was named after the movie Tammy and the Doctor. I love my name and I love the movies. I married a Dr. of English but still he is called Dr. at work. I did have many girls in my class growing up with the same name but it was spelled differently like: Tahmi, Tami, Tammi to give a few examples. I named my daughter Tamatha so she would have a name similar to me but not the same." Nov. 5, 2014:
"Tammy Hill; From Trinidad and Tobago; West Indies." Feb. 27, 2013:
"My names Tammy Lynn I was named after Tammy Wynette and Lauretta Lynn also. I was born in 1990 ive always loved my name but the people in the office at school always spelled it tami tamme and tamie. Even tho the same people worked in the office for the 6 years I was at that school lol" Aug. 28, 2012:
"My name is Tammay Lyn, name after Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lyn, my mother spelled it different. I'm in my 40's. No one ever spells Or pronounces it right....drives Mel crazy! I hated the spelling of it for a long time, but now I like it, makes me unique." Apr. 8, 2012:
"My wife and I in Australia had a little girl 2 days ago. We named her Tami, which I love. The great comments on this page really helped. Another Tami for your team!" Mar. 11, 2012:
"I was named Tammy in 1965. My mom was directing a play of Tammy Tell Me True. I love it! I knew some Tammy's growing up, but now I don't even know one. I think it's a sweet, happy name." Aug. 17, 2011:
"I didn't always like my name Tammy Sue...especially when I was younger. But now at 46, I'm appreciating what a unique and in my view a true "60's time period" name. I'm actually very proud to be a Tammy!" Mar. 11, 2011:
"I love being called Tammy as it's not such a common name. The amount times people have asked for my name and after telling them the reaction I always get is so positive i.e. that's such a nice name, I like the fact that there's not many Tammy's out there!!!" Dec. 29, 2010:
"Im 14 and my name is Tammie Joe. Ive never met anyone called Tammie nor anyone with the same spelling. Yes i do know that Joe is spelt the boy way. i dont think i was anmed after anything specific but i live in england and Tammie is considered an american name. So its even more uncommon !" Aug. 6, 2010:
"My name is Tammy Marie. I have always liked it. I was named after the song "Tammy's in Love". I am 50, very popular name when I was growing up in the 60's. I actually have good friends named Tammy. I will definitely keep it!" Jul. 7, 2010:
"i'm tammie sue, i'm 49 and thats the name God had my mom name me...so its ok, i go by tam sometimes too. same story here...tammie's in love, tammy wynette......that was the rage. i can live with it cause thats my name!!" Jul. 2, 2010:
"My name is Tamsean and Tammy is used to shorten it. I think I am the only person with this spelling which I love. (Pronounced Tamzen)" May. 29, 2010:
"I, like so many others I see, didn't like my name as a child, but now it is just fine. My dad named me also, but I am named after the doll that was popular during the sixties. My middle name is Gee, which was something else my dad came up with. So unique I am. Tammie Gee" Mar. 17, 2010:
"I was named after the song and "Tammy and the....." series. When I was young I was a little bummed because Tammy felt like a nickname to me but I got over it. My middle name is Lee and alot of my friends actually call my Tami Lee...My name is legally spelled Tammy but at some point during middle school I decided that I would use the "Tami" spelling as my nickname because I like that spelling better. I enjoy the connection to the song as I have had many many people sing it to me...which can be quite amusing when it is totally unexpected." Mar. 12, 2010:
"I like my name. Always have. It's common enough that everyone's heard of it so they know how to pronounce it, but not so common that everyone has it. I noticed someone else was named after Tammy Wynette, just like I was. I've also had the, what is it short for? problems, and I do NOT like being called Tam. I might be part scottish, but I am not a hat. My friends call me Kitty, my one sister calls me Tamela, my other sister calls me Crash, and my brother calls me Ugly. I was TammyShell when I was little. My middle name's Michelle." Feb. 18, 2010:
"i like my name (tammy) cuz i am a tomboy and like the name tommy so if people get mixed up, im not botherd." Feb. 12, 2010:
"I love my name!! When I was younger I hated it because my A's looked like O's and my teachers would call me Tommy when handing back papers. I was named after my father whose name is Timothy but his family calls him Timmy. I like knowing that is the reason I was given that name. I always get asked what it is short for though. I'm 18 and only know older women with my name so I think its cool that people don't have to used my last name to distinguish me because there is no other Tammy they could be talking about." Jan. 10, 2010:
"I find it funny that so many have said that the name Tammy is unique. I went to a small country school, and in my junior high classes there were three of us. . . all spelled differently. (Mine is Tammy) My friends call me Tams. When I was a little kid I didn't like my name because my two constant companions were my brother, Jimmy and my cousin, Johnny. I knew when they grew up they would be called Jim and John, and that I would be "stuck with a little girl's name." One of my daughter's best friends from college is a gal named Tami. When they first me she said hated her name because it was "an old lady's name." How's that for perspective? Today, at 46 I love my name. It suits me to a T!" Oct. 10, 2009:
"my names tammy and i love it im unique same as my name lol everyone loves my name but they call me tamara sometime which tammy is not short for it my name actually is tammy lol" Aug. 17, 2009:
"I'm 46 and I've always loved being named Tammy. At my age I was right in the thick of the popularity of the name. Still it didn't seem like an extremely common name, which was good. In my case it's short for Tamara and I like Tamara too, but I usually go by Tammy. I'm really glad to see that some younger women are named Tammy now too. It's too good a name to die out!" Aug. 1, 2009:
"My name is Tammy!! never disliked the name, didnt like the nicknames that i got called when i was younger like Tammy Tampax, Tammy Titless but everybody gets called something!! i get called Tamtam, T and TJ by friends which i like. its nice there arent that many Tammys about. Its a good name and im pleased to have it x" Jul. 2, 2009:
"My name is Tammy Robin.My mother chose it because of the song Tammy's In Love and all of the movies- Tammy and The Doctor,Tammy And The Professor etc... She too has sung it to me and I think its special to have a mother who loved that beautiful song so much that she chose to name her first daughter after it.She left it on my message machine on the day I got married ! VERY SWEET ! I just wish people pronounced it with a short A sound like Apple.Sounds silly but I MUCH prefer the sound.I also have been called Tam and like it ! I only heard the meaning Palm Tree but I like Perfect better ! lol ! God Bless all Tammy's ! No matter how its spelled ! Many people have asked if it was short for Tamara or anything else. Seems odd to be asked that since Tammy does not sound like a nickname to me.The older I get- The MORE I love it ! I am 43 ;-) I rarely hear the name and I like that too ! I like to be different !" Jun. 22, 2009:
"My name is Tammy, short for Tamara. I like it ok now, not so much when I was young. Most people don't know how to spell or pronounce Tamara but there are different ways so I've pretty much given up correcting anyone unless the spelling is important for documentation. I also get called a variety of nicknames from family and friends including: Tam, Tamra, TJ (middle name Jeannine), TamraJean, etc." May. 1, 2009:
"Tammy all the way !.. I hardly know any Asians ( I'm Asian) that have this name so I feel unique with this given name & I simply love it :D" Dec. 17, 2008:
"I called my little girl Tamzin, everyone spells it with an S.One day they will learn it's with a Z.She is the only one in her school with the name.She loves it,when people ask her what her name is and when she tells them everyone says what a lovely name it is.
DEBBIE" Nov. 12, 2008:
"I love being called Tammy. At first, I didn't, but when I got older (I'm 14) I loved having a unique name. x" Aug. 29, 2008:
"My name is Tammy and I am 16 years old. Weirdly enough, I am the only Tammy I know and personally I prefer having a unique name then having a common name. Plus, the meaning in Hebrew, perfect. Describes me xD" Jun. 25, 2008:
"I am Tammy, born in Canada in 1957.As a child,I felt "different" and wished for a more common name until my Mother sang the song from the movie as she cooked. Her quiet lilting voice and the serenity of our humble kitchen mixed with memories of the smell of her home cooked, carefully prepared meals all associated.I realized she sang it with great love in her heart, and told me she chose that name because of her wish for me to always have Love in my life." Jun. 3, 2008:
"Known as a perfectionist. Loves trees. Named after character Debbie Reynolds
Tammy and the bachelor by my dad. Fight
To protect boundaries. Defend morals and
Values. Intelligent,attractiveness only in youth. Orator. Leader." Nov. 2, 2007:
"I was born in 1961 and guess what? My name is Tammi! Great name mom and dad. LOL" Oct. 6, 2007:
"This is my name. I have met a few w/the same name as mine but few that spelled it the same. Even the ones that went by "Tam-ee" used that as a nickname for their real name "Tamara" but almost all of them have been very close to my age. It is often misspelled but rarely is it pronounced incorrectly. Some do try to make it "Tommy" instead when reading my name. I love having a name that is not the same as everyone else's. It is not so unusual that I was teased for it but unususal enough that there was no confusion when I was the one being spoken to. It's a sassy name, a fun name, but can also be a serious name when needed. Otherwise...it is just my name and I am glad that it does not mean Palm Tree..." Jun. 6, 2007:
"As a fan of radio talk show host Tammy Bruce, I'm favorably inclined to the name. But I've heard Tammy express a humorous lament that her parents gave her a nickname, and being legally named "Tammy" is something like being legally named "Bob"." Nov. 1, 2006:
"It is my name, and I have always liked it..hey after all I have movies named after me. I think it is a shame that we don't use the name any more. It is one to be proud of." Sep. 27, 2006:
"Tammy is a brilliant name! It's sweet, and I like it. Let me say to that person who doesn't like their name, you're lucky! It's a nice name.
XXX" May. 17, 2006:
8 Negative Comments
"I've always disliked the my name Tammy Ann, I feel it doesn't fit me. I was named after one of my mother's friends. I've been called Tamara Ann, Tam, TamTam! Just not me!!" Jan. 28, 2018:
"My mother named me Tammy after those idiotic movies, and I always hated it. I played with the spelling (Tami) for a while, but when I went away to college, I simply used another name altogether and tried not to ever let my birth name be known. That worked until after 9/11 when everyone got strict about ID matching birth certificates exactly, so I paid a lawyer to have it legally changed and my birth certificate amended. Best $600 I ever spent! I can't imagine trying to get taken seriously at work with that awful name. Parents should never go for "cute" or "sweet" when naming a child. Given them something no one can turn into a cutesy nickname or diminutive." Mar. 23, 2016:
"Im Tammie Rae....I always hated it. Im 30 and my dad also named me after the debbie Reynolds song. Its always spelled wrong and I always felt it was an older name than myself..it never fit me. Blah!!" Jan. 28, 2013:
"My name is Tammy Anissa. I, too, was named after the Tammy movies and the middle name is after Anissa (pronounced uh knees uh)Jones who was in the Family Affair series. I am 44. Sometimes Tammy is short for Tamara. Not in my case. There were always 2-4 Tammys in every class at school. There are 4 high schools in my county and there was a girl with both my first and last name in each school and we were not related. I think it sounds redneck. My nickname has always been Tambo." Jul. 18, 2011:
"my name is not tammy.
i do not like this name.
it is not a pretty name." May. 22, 2010:
"My granddaughter's name is Tammy, and I named her. Even though she is in hwr 30's, she is still a little doll." Jan. 2, 2010:
"My daughter's name is Tamara because my husband liked it. I never did, but wanted to please him. We call her Tammy, but I wish I named her a different name because I don't think it suits her. It sounds weird...." May. 22, 2009:
"Don't like my name Tammy. I still look at it in print and it doesn't seem like it's my name...Never felt like ME! But my father said, that it meant perfect and since I was an only child, he said the PERFECT one, so named me Tammy." Jul. 25, 2008:
55 Neutral Comments
"My first name is Lynden and I have 2 middle names June and Tammy. I don't really like my first middle name so I added another middle name Tammy. I love love love Tammy." Apr. 24, 2019:
"My name is tammy-jane, i am 1 of 2 tammy's in my home town i really like my name i think its unique and i love it" Nov. 7, 2017:
"My name is Tammy, born in 1971. My entire life I have felt a disconnect from my name, for whatever reason no one ever remembers it and I don't believe it's because it simply uncommon. I think it just does not match who I am, my energy, my personality. There is a disconnect. Not even people who have met me several times, including teachers and business associates over the years. They consistently call me Debbie, Wendy, Tina, Tracy? I have heard people call me these same names over and over.
I do consider myself an above average academic and intellectual, deeply spiritual, and I am definitely a happy and outgoing person who owns a very busy clothing store and had a successful corporate background.
I'm in my 40s now and still don't love telling people that my name is Tammy, which makes me really sad, all these years later. I don't say it with pride, expecting people not to remember it, anyway. That's been my unfortunate lifetime experience.
The only thing I like about it is that my dad chose it and he loved it and he was my hero. He thought was very sweet and beautiful." Sep. 30, 2017:
"my name is Tammy Renee and I'm 45 and I was born August 23rd 1971 and I love my name I was given it by my mom and she used to sing it to me and I used to get so mad and tell her I am not in love but just to hear my mom's sing a song to me one more time would be worth just carrying this name my whole life because that's what made my name is special my mom's singing me the song and telling me that she will always love me.feb 4 2017" Feb. 4, 2017:
"I really don't like my name Tammy .... I feel as if it does not fit my personally... my full name is Tammy Dianne Hensley .. I was named after Tammy Wynette and Tammy Fay Baker.. my dad was always picked on in school on his name and he did not want me to have the same issues in school with my name so I got the plain name of Tammy.... I would like to change my name but I don't want to hurt my dad's feeling because he gave me my name .." Feb. 17, 2016:
"Well my dad named me after Tammy Wynette my whole name is this Tammy Wyne Brown. Too funny." Nov. 22, 2014:
"I'm Tammy Marie. My mom also loved the Tammy movies. And Marie is in honor of an aunt. I like my name. The only thing is it's often misspelled. I think it's kind of sweet when someone sings the song to me. I live in the south and don't know many with my name." Dec. 7, 2013:
"my name is tammi jo and I was born in 1963 and I do like my name.to those who do not like,your just jealous" Sep. 1, 2013:
"My name is Tammy, age 45. My mother named me that after two weeks of trying to decide what to name me (go figure). In the meantime she and everyone else just called me "That Girl", after the t.v. show. I never gave the name much thought until I went to the hairdresser in the '70s, the stylist called, "Tammy", before I could get up, her little big-eyed lap dog came running from the back.....I hated the name ever since. I had gotten better until I hit my late 20s; children were calling me Miss Tammy...ulk, the name already sounds like a little girl's name and adding Miss...well. At this point I have accepted, embraced, and love my name Tammy. Its even cool to hear various people pronounce it....No one says it sweeter than my husband ; )" May. 26, 2013:
"My father named me Tammy after the Tammy's in love song / movies too and my middle name is sue what a coinincidence!!" Nov. 28, 2012:
"My name is spelt Tami. I have always hated my name. I think it sounds like a country rednecks name. I go by my middle name Michelle" Oct. 16, 2012:
"Hi! My name is Tammy Renee...born in 1983. I like that my name isn't overly used and in school my name was more unique. After I graduated and got into the world, I have since met many Tammys and one even had my same middle name..lol. I wasn't named after anyone, my mom just liked the name Tammy Renee which is nice cause I have a twin sister who was named Lisa Marie, another very popular name sequence. So out of the two I had the more unique name!" Jun. 28, 2012:
"My name is Tami. I was also named after the song "Tammy's in Love" from the Tammy movies. Weird how many were named after that. I am almost 38. My middle name is Lyn and I have met quite a few Tami Lyns. People spell it wrong a lot of course. I am ok with my name, but I think it's pretty plain/boring. And I have noticed that when it is used in shows the characters named Tammy are pretty unintelligent or trampy. I don't like that too much! There are a lot of people named Tami where I work. Lots-spelled Tammy and Tami both." Oct. 15, 2011:
"I am 53 years old and my name is Tammie, I too always have to spell it for people, because they ultimately always spell it with a y. I have never really like my name too well, just thought that it was a name for a little girl. I too was named after the song and the movies. My sister was named Debbie after the actress who played Tammy in the movies Debbie Reynolds. Mom was not too creative when it came to names." Aug. 2, 2011:
"I am 50 plus years old and my name is "Tammy," not Tamera, not Tamitha or any other form. IT IS JUST PLAIN TAMMY! My name has been defined as "perfect" from the first time I ever looked the name up...and that was a long time ago, This "palm tree" meaning of my name, I am not denying, but it is the "Hebrew" origin. There are other origins as well. Someone really close to me was who encouraged me to look my name up all those many years ago and it has stuck with me, and this was long before I even knew there was anything other than "Tammy" that meant Tammy, and like the lady above in the responses, my nickname was "Tambo," NOT Tammy for another variation of Tammy!!!" Jul. 31, 2011:
"Ppl like you get all the brains. I just get to say thanks for he anewsr." Jul. 23, 2011:
"Holy Toledo, so glad I clciked on this site first!" Jul. 22, 2011:
"My name is Tammy Sue. I felt weird about me name when I was a kid. I was named after the Tammy movies. My father always sang Tammy's in love to me. When people ask me my name they would say sammy or ask is that short for something. It is so anonnying. Then when my family makes up sayings with my name. That is cute sometimes. It has grown on me now that I am 41." Jul. 14, 2011:
"I'm 35 years old and have always loved my name. My dad named me after the Tammy's in Love. My dad often called me Tammy Wammy..... And often was teased ...Tammy Whynot....." Jun. 16, 2011:
"My name is rare to me, since no one that I know has my name.. My name isn't really common which I sorta like.. My dad named me Tammy for various reason, but when I was little I hated the name. I'm 22 years old now and I sorta like it." Apr. 4, 2011:
"I'm a Tammie named in the early seventies when it was very popular. Maybe after Tammi Terrell and because of the Tammy movies. My mother can't remember she says. I didn't like the name but, like others, it grew on me. I went to grade school in the South with at least a dozen Tammy's and had no less than five in my grade at any time. People always thought it was a nickname and often called me by my full name and/or middle name to differentiate me from cousins and classmates. Fortunately, I didn't go to college with any Tammy's but wound up working with one with the same first and last name as me for a while!! Haha!" Dec. 28, 2010:
"Hey. My name is Tammy-Erin Tyler O'Neill.Im 13 years old. I got called Tammy because my great grandad was called Tam. I have a friend called Tammy 2. I dont really like to the name Tammy tbh." Oct. 22, 2010:
"I love my name Tammy Rae always have yes like some of you the first name is after Tammy Wynett the muddle is after my uncle whom passed away 2 days before I was born so I always felt honored to have my name I always liked the fact that I never met to many Tammy's where I live made me feel a little unique lol I am 36 yes old and live in Brooklyn NY" Oct. 17, 2010:
"It's not a very common name for my age, currently 19. I spell my name automatically for people when they need it for forms since there's always that y and ie variation. Some people think it's short for some longer name, though there's no consensus for WHAT that longer name is, Tabatha? No.... because that would be Tabby. Oh well, something about Tammy sound informal to people I guess, like Kathy or Katie for Katherine. Who knows? I always meet older Tammy's not younger ones." Oct. 16, 2010:
"i was named after the song "tammy's in love" also, except my mom tried to get cute and spelled it tamee. no one EVER gets the spelling right! lol" Sep. 23, 2010:
"Hi my name is Tammy Lynn and i was named after Tammy Wynette and Lorreta Lynn I always hated it until I was in my thirtys it grew on me i guess" Aug. 25, 2010:
"My name is TammyRena, my name is ok some call me Tammy and some T.R. for short. Personaly I like T.R.better than just Tammy. But now that im almost 40yrs old i would rather be called my whole name...TammyRena My mother named me after the old Tammy movies...lol but i can't complain my name could be worse..." Aug. 22, 2010:
"MY NAME IS TAMMY LYNN AND MY DAD NAME ME AFTER THE MOVIE (TAMMY AND THE DR) AND I AM 45 I HAVE ALWAYS LOVE MY NAME I HAVE BEEN CALL TAM OR TAM TAM ALSO THE HEBREW MEANING OF TAMMY IS PALM TREE AND THAT TREE IS STRONG LIKE ME AND I LOVE JESUS." Jul. 29, 2010:
"My name is Tammy Jo,and I am 48. I was told I was named because my mom like the movie Tammy & The Doctor. I was always upset about my middle name being Jo and told me mom it was a boys name. She said I was named after the pretty girls on petticoat junction. Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo and Billie Jo Which didn't help much. Well my mom died when I was 10. Now I always use my middle name as a honor to my sweet mom whose name was Betty Lou!" Jun. 24, 2010:
"My name is Tammy and I am 33. My grandmother on my mom's said loved the son "Tammy's in Love" And that is how I got my name. I like it better then what my mom was going to call me. She was going to call me September. I'll take Tammy any day. I do hate when people ask me if it is short for Tamera or Tamicka. I may not have like it much in school, even though there was 2 other Tammy's in my class, I love it now because I never got to know my grandmother, she died when I was 2 almost 3. My name is the one thing that I cherished that she gave me." May. 27, 2010:
"My name is Tammy Ray, and my Dad named me. He said he really liked Tammy Wynette. I am 41yo and used to hate it, but to bad. I actually grew up in several BFE towns and when someone would say Tammy almost all of us turned around. That stopped when I graduated from highschool. I really haven't heard it since" May. 7, 2010:
"I have never loved my name (Tammy) and like many others, my mom loved the song "Tammy's in Love" and named me after that. When you meet older people and they make that connection, it's kind of cute to be able to say that's what I'm named after. Other than that, I hate that there's no cute or nice nickname to go with it. Can't stand Tam or TamTam and when I introduce myself, most people think I'm saying Pammy. Can't explain that since I've NEVER met a Pammy." Mar. 17, 2010:
"Hey this is tammy eveyone name is tammy lol.... I am tammy to I am 36 bone 1973 3 kids 9yearold girl 12yearold boy 7yaerold boy let's be friends by tammy girl ahhhhh lol...." Mar. 6, 2010:
"Yes, I inherited the Tammy Sue that was all the rage in the 60's. I too never liked the fact that Tammy can't be made into something more sophisticated when I became an adult, but my dad named me and that is special, Also there aren't very many Tammy's so I guess we are all the rage now 40 years later with our unique name!" Jan. 21, 2010:
"My name is Tammy its not a nickname and i love it!
There is not many younger people that i know with this name." Dec. 2, 2009:
"I always thought Tammy was a plain name... Wanted it to be short for something since people always asked. Hated when my mom sang "tammy's in love". But I do believe my view of my name reflects my view of myself.. so I gave my children unique names and told them from infancy they are beautiful and unique" Sep. 7, 2009:
"My name is Tammy Sue, I am 26 and I didn't like it when I was younger but have grown into it. My friends call me Tam Tam, I even have a tag in front of my car (german)thats says "Tam Tam" with the two dots in front of the a's, they also call me Tamiamiami, which I find annoying, and Tam, sometimes Tamara..my parents named after the county singer Tammy Wynette, hell...its better than Peggy Sue, which my mother wanted to name me after the Buddy Holly song and my dad was like 'no"" Aug. 27, 2009:
"Tammy is a beautiful name and how you look at your own name may may indicate how you look at the world. A name is only a name and does not indicate who you are. Only your choices and actions in your life can do that."