Theodore (name)

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Pronunciation Theodore
German pronunciation: [ˈtʰeːodoɐ̯]
Romanian pronunciation: [ˈte.odor]
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 prehistoric figures, 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). 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 Georgian, Tedo (თედო). In Russian, Fedya (Федя). In Bulgarian, Toshko (Тошко) or Tosho (Тошо), and Božo (Божо). In the Scandinavian languages, Teo or Theo. In Greek, Theodoros (Θεόδωρος), Thodoros (Θόδωρος), Thodoris (Θοδωρής), Thodorakis (Θοδωράκης) and Doros (Δώρος).

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

The crimes of serial killer Theodore "Ted" Bundy put the name out of fashion in America for a while. However, in the 21st century it has seen a resurgence in popularity.

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]

For an extended listing of above three variants, see Fyodor

Tawadros / Tewadros[edit]

For an extended listing, see Tawadros (disambiguation) and Tewodros


  • Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), American author and cartoonist
  • Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism
  • Theodor "Teddy" Kollek (1911–2007), mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993
  • Theodor Mommsen (1817–1903). German historian of the 19th Century. The 1902 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Theodor W. Hänsch (30 October 1941 in Heidelberg, Germany). Is a German physicist. The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy
  • []Theodor Kittelsen]]. Norwegian painter and illustrator




See also[edit]


  1. ^ – Origin and Meaning of Theodore