Origin of the name TOBIAS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name TOBIAS.
form of Greek Tobit (q.v.), meaning "pleasing to Jehovah" or "Jehovah (is) my good." (History
of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884). Usage: America,
England, Hungary, Scotland, Spain.
Smollett, Dr. Tobias George, a
distinguished novelist and historian, was born in 1721, at the old house
of Dalquhurn, in Dumbartonshire. He was the youngest of three
children of Archibald Smollett and Barbara Cunningham, daughter of
Cunningham of Gilbertfield near Glasgow... He died October 21, 1774, at
a village called Moute Nuovo, near Leghorn, where he had taken up his
abode... His "Ode to Leven Water," and his "Ode to
Independence," with "The Tears of Scotland," written on
hearing of the barbarities inflicted by the army of the duke of
Cumberland in the north of Scotland in 1746, contain much of the feeling
and inspiration of real genius, and cause regret that he did not
cultivate his talents for poetry. Three years after his death a
lofty Trajan column, with a Latin inscription, was erected to his memory
by his cousin, Smollett of Bonhill, on the banks of the Leven, near the
house in which he was born. (The Scottish Nation, Anderson, 1877)