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Theodore

What does Theodore mean?

Theodore Pronunciation of Theodore [theodore] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: greek, gift, saint, popular (famous), bear.

Variations

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

2 feminine forms: Pheodora and Theodora.

Creative forms:
(male) Theodoro, Theotorr, ..

(female) Theodona, Theodone, ..

Middle name pairings:
Theodore Cassius (T.C.), ..

How popular is Theodore?

Theodore is a very prominent first name for males (#148 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#7638 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Theodore reached its top position of #38 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is presently at #99. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Ted, Teddie, Teddy (#1708 via latest list), Teodoro, Theo (#408) and Theodor are the popular related forms of Theodore (#99 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Theodore was well-received among parents during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.58%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.26%, 54.8% less), with versions such as Teddy becoming less stylish. Theo is the most trendy name for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Theodore, Ted, Teddie, Teddy, Teodoro in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Amadore, Chezare, Delmore, Deondre, Eleodoro, Honore, Isadore, Isidore, Keondre, Leondre, Moore, Nestore, Ohndre (see Andre), Seamore, Seymore, Telfor, Telford, Teodorico, Thandie, Thandiwe, Thedric, Theobald, Theodoric, Theodric, Theon, Theophile, Theron, Therron, Thobie, Thole, Thor, Thorn, Thorne, Thorold, Thorp, Thorpe, Thurloe (see Thurlow), Tore, Torre, Trefor, Trevor and Whitmore. These names tend to be less frequently used than Theodore.

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