Origin of tiffany
- Probably from obsolete French tiphanie Epiphany from Old French from Late Latin theophania theophany
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From a surname based on a medieval given name Theophania, from Ancient Greek theos "god"+phainein"to appear", traditionally given to girls born at Epiphany.
- Old English tiffenay; compare Old French tiffe ornament, tiffer to adjust, adorn. See tiff to dress.