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Theo (boy)

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What does Theo mean?

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


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

Kreatif forms:
(male) Thaytheo, Ther, ..

(female) Theoie, Thie, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Theo for boys. Theo reached its apex rank of #471 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #509 currently. (2014 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.

Ted, Theodor and Theodore (#126 last year) are the prominent alternative forms of Theo (#509 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 (#1158, 65% less usage). Theodore is the steady favorite, although Theo appears to be becoming a favorite too, while versions such as Ted are 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.