Theodora (given name)

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Theodora
Meister von San Vitale in Ravenna 008.jpg
The sixth century Byzantine empress Theodora is one famous bearer of the name.
Gender female
Origin
Word/Name Greek
Meaning "gift of God"
Other names
Nickname(s) Dora
Related names Theodore, Dorothy

Theodora (Greek: Θεοδώρα, Theodōra) is a feminine given name, the feminine version of Theodore, which derives from the Greek words θεός, theos, "god" and δῶρον, doron, "gift".[1][2] Theodora is first attested in Mycenaean Greek, written in the Linear B syllabic script, as 𐀳𐀃𐀈𐀨, te-o-do-ra.[3] The name Dorothy (Greek: Δωροθέα, Dōrothea) contains the same word elements in reverse order. It was the name of several saints and queens, including Theodora, a 6th-century Byzantine empress honored as a saint in the early Christian Church. Teodora, a variant, is among the top 10 most popular names for girls born in Serbia between 2003-2005.[4]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Behind the Name
  2. ^ δῶρον, θεός. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  3. ^ "te-o-do-ra-qe". Minoan Linear A & Mycenaean Linear B. Deaditerranean. 
  4. ^ Most popular Serbian names