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 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).
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).