add to your listSave

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Θεοδωρος (Theodoros), which meant "gift of god" from Greek θεος (theos) "god" and δωρον (doron) "gift". The name Dorothea is derived from the same roots in reverse order. This was the name of several saints, including Theodore of Amasea, a 4th-century Greek soldier; Theodore of Tarsus, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury; and Theodore the Studite, a 9th-century Byzantine monk. It was also borne by two popes.

This was a common name in classical Greece, and, due to both the saints who carried it and the favourable meaning, it came into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was however rare in Britain before the 19th century. Famous bearers include three tsars of Russia (in the Russian form Fyodor) and American president Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919).
DiminutivesTed, Teddy, Theo
Feminine FormTheodora
Other Languages & CulturesTewodros Amharic Theodoros, Theodorus Ancient Greek Toros Armenian Teodor, Todor Bulgarian Teodor, Teo Croatian Teodor, Theodor Czech Teodor, Theodor Danish Theodoor, Theodorus, Theo Dutch Teuvo Finnish Théodore, Théo French Tedore Georgian Theodor German Theodoros Greek Tivadar, Tódor Hungarian Teodoro, Teo Italian Teodors Latvian Thei Limburgish Teodor, Todor, Toše, Toshe Macedonian Teodor, Theodor Norwegian Teodor Polish Teodoro, Téo Portuguese Teodor, Tudor, Theodor Romanian Feodor, Fyodor, Fedor, Fedya Russian Teodor, Todor Serbian Teodor Slovak Teodor Slovene Teodoro, Teo Spanish Teodor, Theodor Swedish Fedir Ukrainian
Same SpellingThéodore


Theodore Roosevelt (1904)Theodore Roosevelt (1904)


A Song of Ice and Fire characters, actors, American Horror Story characters, American presidents, artists, athletes, authors, composers, divine gift, emperors, gift, Harry Potter characters, literature, Louisa May Alcott characters, never out of the US top 1000, Orthodox Saints, painters, popes, Queer as Folk US characters, saints, scientists, television, The Sopranos characters, Westworld characters, Will and Grace characters, world leaders, Ys characters
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute