Theodore (name)

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Pronunciation Theodore
German pronunciation: [ˈtʰeːodoɐ̯]
Romanian pronunciation: [teˈodor]
Dutch pronunciation: [teːjoːdoːr]
Gender Male
Word/name Greek
Meaning "God's Gift"
Other names
Related names Theodora, Dorothy

Theodore is a masculine given name. It comes from the Greek name Θεόδωρος (Theodōros) meaning "god-given" (from the Greek words θεός, (theos) "god" and δώρον (dōron) "gift").[1] The name was borne by several figures in ancient Greece, such as Theodorus of Samos and Theodorus the Atheist, but gained popularity due to the rise of Christianity (its meaning having been adopted to "God-given".)

Cognates: in Armenia, Thoros (Թորոս). In Georgian, Theodore (თევდორე). In French, Théodore as well as Dieudonné, a direct translation of the Greek. In German, Theodor. In Dutch, Theodoor. In Latin, Theodorus. In Hungarian, Teodor. In Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, Teodoro. In Russian, Fyodor (Фёдор). In Belarusian, Фёдар (Łacinka: Fiodar) and Тодар (Łacinka: Todar) or Тэадор (Łacinka: Teador). In Bulgarian, Todor (Тодор), Teodor (Теодор) and Božidar (Божидар). In Romanian, Tudor (which is also a surname) and Teodor. In Irish, Téodóir. In Lithuanian, Teodoras. In Estonian, Tuudor. In Esperanto, Teodoro. In Latvian, Teodors. In Czech, Norwegian, Polish, Catalan, Bulgarian and Slovene, Teodor (Теодор). In Japanese, Seodoa (セオドア). In Serbian, Teodor (Теодор), Todor (Тодор) and Božidar (Божидар). In Croatian, Teodor and Božidar. In Sicilian, Teodoru. In the Scandinavian languages, Theodor. In Finnish, Teuvo. In Arabic, Tawadros (تواضروس). In Ethiopian, Tewodros.

Short forms: in English, Theo, Ted, Teddy. In Dutch Dorus, Teo, Theo. In the Scandinavian languages, Teo or Theo. In Russian, Fedya (Федя). In Bulgarian, Toshko (Тошко) or Tosho (Тошо), and Božo (Божо). In Greek, Theodoros (Θεόδωρος), Thodoros (Θόδωρος), Thodoris (Θοδωρής), Thodorakis (Θοδωράκης) and Doros (Δώρος). In Georgian, Tedo (თედო).

The given names Jonathan, Nathanael, Mattaniah, Matthew, Dosetai, Bogdan (or Bohdan), Ataullah, Adeodatus and Devadatta have similar meanings.

The feminine form of Theodore is Theodora. The name Dorothy is derived from the same two Greek roots, in reverse order. Godiva is from an Anglo-Saxon version of "gift of God".

Notable people named Theodore[edit]

Fedor, Feodor, Fyodor[edit]

See Fyodor

Tawadros / Tewadros[edit]

See Tawadros and Tewodros


Teodor, Theodoor, Theodor, Théodore[edit]

See Teodor, Theodoor, Theodor, and Théodore


Theodore is a common name; for a complete listing of English Wikipedia articles starting with "Theodore" see [1]. Some more notable people with this given name include:




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