Theodore (name)

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PronunciationEnglish: /ˈθədɔːr/
Name day9 November
Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden

Alternative dates
7 March: Bulgaria
12 May: Greece
23 October: Czech Republic
Meaning"God's Gift"
Other names
Related namesTheodora, Theodorus, Dorothy

Theodore is a masculine given name. It comes from the Greek name Θεόδωρος (Theódoros) meaning "God-given" (from the Greek words θεός, (theós) "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 Christendom.

In any form, it means "God-given", or "gift of God": as do the given names Jonathan, Nathanael, Mattaniah, Matthew, Dosetai, Bogdan (or Bohdan), Ataullah, Adeodatus and Devadatta.

The feminine form of Theodore is Theodora. The names Dorothy and Godiva also mean "gift of God".


Language Variant(s)
Amharic Tewodros (ቴዎድሮስ)
Arabic Tawadros
Armenian Thoros (Թորոս)
Belarusian Fiodar (Фёдар), Todar (Тодар) and Teador (Тэадор)
Bulgarian Todor (Тодор), Teodor (Теодор) and Božidar (Божидар)
Catalan Teodor
Chinese Xī ào duō (西奥多)
Czech Teodor
Danish Teodor and Theodor
Dutch Theodoor, Theodorus
English Theodore
Esperanto Teodoro
Estonian Tuudor, Tuudur
Finnish Teuvo
French Théodore and Dieudonné (a direct translation of the Greek)
Georgian Theodore (თევდორე)
German Theodor
Greek Theodoros (Θεόδωρος), Thodoros (Θόδωρος), Thodoris (Θοδωρής), Thodorakis (Θοδωράκης) and Doros (Δώρος)
Hebrew Teodor (תאודור) and Theodore (תיאודור)
Hungarian Teodor, Tivadar
Irish Téodóir
Italian Teodoro
Latin Theodorus
Latvian Teodors
Lithuanian Teodoras
Norwegian Teodor and Theodor
Polish Teodor
Portuguese Teodoro
Romanian Tudor (which is also a surname) and Teodor
Russian Fyodor (Фёдор), Fedor (Федор) and Feodor (Феодор)
Serbo-Croatian Teodor (Теодор), Todor (Тодор) and Božidar (Божидар)
Sicilian Teodoru
Slovene Teodor
Spanish Teodoro and Diosdado
Swedish Teodor and Theodor
Ukrainian Fedir (Федір), Fedor (Федор), Teodor (Теодор) and Khvedir (Хведір); also Bogdan (Богдан) or Bohdan (Богдан)
Welsh Tewdwr


Language Nickname(s)
Bulgarian Todor (Тодор): Toshko (Тошко) and Tosho (Тошо)

Teodor (Теодор): Teo and Teddy (Теди)
Božidar (Божидар): Božo (Божо)

Danish Teo and Theo
Dutch Dorus and Theo
English Theo, Ted and Teddy
Finnish Teo
French Thierry
Georgian Tedo (თედო)
Norwegian Teo and Theo
Russian Fedya (Федя)
Swedish Teo and Theo

People named Theodore[edit]

Ancient world[edit]

Ordered chronologically

Modern world[edit]

Ordered by last name, where available; otherwise chronologically

See also[edit]