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Theo (boy)

What does Theo mean?

Theo Pronunciation of Theo [theo] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Theo) is of Old German and Greek origin, and Theo means "brave people; God's gift". Theo is a version of Theobald (Old German). Theo is also a derivative of Theodore (Greek): from Theodorus.

Associated with: greek, brave, gift.


6 related forms via Theobald, Theodore: Ted, Tedor, Theodon, Theodor, Todor and Tudor.

Creative forms:
(male) Teeo, Ther, ..

(female) Than, ..

Middle name pairings:
Theo Cylas (T.C.), ..

How popular is Theo?

Theo is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1023 out of 1220, Top 84%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#92217 out of 150436, Top 61%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Theo reached its apex rank of #408 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Theo name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Theo outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Ted, Theodor and Theodore (#99 last year) are the prominent alternative forms of Theo (#408 last year) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Todor, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Theo was at its most widespread during the years 1900-1909 (median #676) and has become much lower since (#1126, 55% less usage). Theodore is the steady favorite, although Theo appears to be becoming a favorite too, while Ted is now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Theo, Ted, Theodor, Theodore in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Theo, Theodor, Theodore outside U.S.

Similar Names

Theo is alike in pronunciation to Thaw. Other recommended names are Caeo, Cleo, Leo, Reo, Tadeo, Takeo, Taro, Taso, Teeno, Teo, Teom, Tex, Teyo, Thad, Thano, Theon, Theron, Thilo, Thom, Thor, Thu, Timo, Tino, Tito, Togo, Tomeo, Toro, Tre, Trey, Tye and Tyno. These names tend to be less frequently used than Theo.

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