What does Theodore mean?
Theodore [theo-do-re] 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.
(male) Theodoro, Theotorr, ..
(female) Theodoree, Theodova, ..
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)
Shown below is the birth name history of Theodore for boys. Theodore reached its top position of #38 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is presently at #126. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a graphed analysis of the statistics of the boy name Theodore and associated names. Ted, Teddie, Teddy (#1978 via latest list), Teodoro, Theo (#509) and Theodor are the popular related forms of Theodore (#126 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 0.2%, 65.4% less), with versions such as Theodore becoming less stylish. Theo is the most trendy name for newborns among these.
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.