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What does Theo mean?

Theo \the()-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 derivative of Theobald (Old German). Theo is also a derivative of Theodore (Greek): from Theodorus.


Theo has 31 related forms via Theobald, Theodore: Dietbald, Dietbold, Fedor, Feodor, Fyodor, Teador, Ted, Teddie, Teddy, Tedor, Teobaldo, Teodoor, Teodor, Teodoro, Thebault, Theodon, Theodor, Theodorus, Theodosios, Theodosius, Thibaud, Thibault, Thibaut, Tibold, Tiebold, Tiebout, Todor, Tudor, Tybald, Tybalt and Tybault.


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. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Theo for boys. Theo reached its apex rank of #449 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #509 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Theo name in U.S.

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

Ted, Teddy, Teodoro, Theodor and Theodore (#126 last year) are the prominent alternative forms of Theo (#509 last year) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.4782%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2275%, down 52.4%), with the forms Ted, Teddy and Teodoro becoming less trendy. Theo (#509) is the most trendy birth name among these, with this name going through a revival in popularity. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Theo and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ted, Teddy, Teodoro, Theo, Theodore in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Theo is alike in pronunciation to Thaw. Other recommended similar baby names are Teo, Teyo, Theon, Thu and Tye. These names tend to be less frequently used than Theo.