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What does Theodore mean?

Theodore Pronunciation of 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


VARIANTS Fedor, Feodor, Fyodor, Teador, Ted, Teddie, Teddy, Tedor, Teodoor, Teodor, Teodoro, Theo, Theodon, Theodor, Theodorus, Theodosios, Theodosius, Todor, Tudor

FEMININE FORMS Pheodora, Theodora



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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 #44. (2018 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?

Ted, Teddie, Teddy (#1647 VIA LATEST LIST), Teodoro, Theo (#243) and Theodor are the popular related forms of Theodore (#44) 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 almost as widespread today (USAGE 0.48%, 16.8% LESS), but with versions such as Teddy becoming less stylish. Theo and Theodore are two of the more trendy names 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 sound-alike 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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