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Meaning and name origin

Theodore \the(o)-do-re\ as a boy's name is pronounced THEE-a-dor. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Theodore is "God's gift". From Theodorus. Early Christian name and saint's name. President Theodore Roosevelt made the name popular, and the teddy bear is named for him. Authors Theodore Dreiser, Theodore Sturgeon; painter Théodore Rousseau.


Theodore has 19 variant forms: Fedor, Feodor, Fyodor, Teador, Ted, Teddie, Teddy, Tedor, Teodoor, Teodor, Teodoro, Theo, Theodon, Theodor, Theodorus, Theodosios, Theodosius, Todor and Tudor.

There are 2 feminine forms of Theodore: Pheodora and Theodora.


Theodore is a very popular first name for males (#148 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#9078 out of 88799, Top 10%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Theodore for boys. Theodore reached its highest rank of #42 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Theodore and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Theodore (#126), Theo (#509), Theodor, Teodoro, Teddy and Ted. (2014 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.