What does Theodora mean?
Theodora \the(o)-do-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced thee-a-DOR-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Theodora is "God's gift". Feminine of Theodore. The name began as a simple expression. Between Theodora and Dorothea, the difference is the order of the elements in the phrases "God's gift" and "gift of God". Actress/vamp Theda Bara.
Theodora is a very popular first name for women (#1099 out of 4276, Top 26%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Theodora for girls. Theodora reached its peak rank of #591 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Theodora and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Theodora are Dora, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dorothy (#731 the previous year), Theda, Theo and Theodosia. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.5383%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.0336%, down 93.8%), with versions such as Dora, Dorotha, Theda, Theo and Theodora becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Pheodora. This name tends to be less commonly used than Theodora.