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As a Theodore myself, I go by Theo. Ted and Teddy sound really outdated, but I don't mind them too terribly. Expect your little Theodore to be a troublemaker. Trust me.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2018
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It's a good name, but the nicknames are kind of strange, like Ted and Teddy. Theo is fine, and it is an opinion!
― Anonymous User  10/29/2017
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My cousin is pregnant and she's planning on naming her new son Theodore. Theodore Marques. I think it is so classy and has tons of great nicknames that work for all ages. Teddy, Ted, Theo, etc. Theodore is a name a boy can grow into, and that makes it great.
sydneyvail  10/10/2016
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Also the middle name of Timothy Theodore Duncan, the greatest power forward of all time.
I think this name just makes the guy even more elegant and decent.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2016
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Dorothy would be a good sister name having a similar etymology.
Sabertooth  8/11/2016
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My legal name is Theodore, and my parents nicknamed me Tad. I wasn't a big fan of Theodore as a kid but have come to really like it as an adult. In fact, I often consider introducing myself using a nickname more closely related to Theodore, such as Theo, Ted, Teo (Teo is my favorite), or even Theodore itself.
teorex  8/11/2016
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Such a great name. It reminds me of Teddy bears and Laurie from Little Women (who is one of my favorite characters in that book). I like its feminine counterpart Theodora, too. I'm not sure I would use it, but I just think it's a classy, wonderful name for a boy (and Theodora for a girl).
― Anonymous User  4/26/2016
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I think it is classy and a great name.
I don't like it very much but it seems like a name for a prince or a very good person.
Felie  3/17/2016
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My first impression of this name was from the chipmunk, so I thought it cute and musical. Then I read Little Women and fell in love with the name again, and the character nicknamed Laurie in this is such a well rounded character, which I like. I went off the name when I noticed that it contains the word 'odor' within it, which is stupid I know, hence why I gained a new appreciation for the name from Theodore Roosevelt, and the nickname Teddy is just adorable, the odor is pronounced more like adore anyway! I also noticed that another unconventional nickname could be Thor, which could inspire strength. But this whole name inspires strength to me, and gentlemanly notions, historically a backbone, and the capacity for the more modern nickname Theo. I am surprised that it is so popular, but also not, as many people appreciating this name as I do, is both a good and a bad thing. I just hope it doesn't get too popular since this is a favourite of ours if we should have a son. There are not many names that have the distinctive sound of this name. It almost sounds like "thee-adore" lol :-D.
queen_vic  1/20/2016
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Very formal and mature sounding. I think this is one of the few names I would always call people with it by the full version, as the nicknames sound way too youthful.
Oleg Karachi  1/14/2016
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The Holes character Armpit's real name is Theodore Johnson. He later got to star in another Louis Sachar book called Small Steps.

This is also the South Park character Eric Cartman's middle name.
Whipsmart  1/1/2016
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Theodore Rex is the name of an infamous 1995 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg. The titular character is a talking Tyrannosaurus voiced by George Newbern.
Buneary  11/26/2015
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Can you say HANDSOME?! Nickname Teddy, Ted, Theo.
LV51sfan91  4/30/2015
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The actor Theo James' (famously Four in the Divergent series) full name is Theodore Peter James Kinnard Taptiklis.
OttilieMaisie  4/3/2015
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I love this name. I think it's really cute and spunky on a little boy. It's one of my favorite boy names, also Nathaniel. I think Nathaniel and Theodore would sound cute together as a pairing name. The only issue that I have is the chipmunk reference. I don't mind it what irks is that everyone can remember that Theodore was a chipmunk name but they don't remember that's so was Brittany, Jeanette, Eleanor and Simon was also to.
I just feel annoyed by that because why did just Theodore have to have such a derogatory reference on a name when other names from the show don't carry that? I really love Theodore and it doesn't affect my perception of the name it's just awesome! Also, my favorite nicknames are Teddy and Theo. My favorite middle names are Theodore Robert, Theodore Elliot, Theodore Grant and Theodore Alexander. Enjoy!
― Anonymous User  2/9/2015
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Kind of lispy, otherwise unique and beautiful.
Hushpuppy  12/6/2014
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This name is just SO cute and timeless, I love it.
BuyBeerOrPayTheRent  10/4/2014
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I love this handsome, strong name. :)
― Anonymous User  8/10/2014
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I recently conducted a tournament of 320 male names on this site and Theodore won 3rd place.
Icycoldhot  11/3/2013
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I like this name a lot, because the nickname "Teddy" fits either a child or an adult. But if an adult wants to go back to Theodore they also have that choice.
I think it sounds nice, simple, masculine. I like it. I would consider naming a son this.
Gio123  10/16/2013
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I like this name a lot, it's so handsome and sophisticated. I also love the nicknames Theo and Teddy.
Erme Ioainna  10/10/2013
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Purely adorable. This name is so sweet, and sadly underused nowadays. I can see it getting more popular with the uprise in popularity of old fashioned names. We are considering naming our twin son Theodore, he would either be called by his full name or Teddy =)
.Lily.  8/16/2013
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In the book 18, Pete's 10 year old son is named Theodore. He is often called Teddy.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2013
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Theodore Cleaver, aka Beaver, from the classic sitcom "Leave it to Beaver".
― Anonymous User  5/26/2013
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Theodore is a very classic name, I like it a lot. I don't like the nickname Ted too much, but I like Teddy. My friend said she knows a little boy named Theodore who goes by teddy, and I thought that was adorable! It's good to see there are still children with classic, vintage names rather than crap like Caden or Liam.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2013
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In my country Ethiopia the name is very popular after Emperor Tewodros II. It is my recommendation to include Ethiopia under other languages considering the pronunciation as Tewodros. [noted -ed]
Tewodros  5/20/2012
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Theodore "Theo" was the only son of Heathcliff and Clair Huxtable on the American TV series "The Cosby Show". Theo had four sisters: Sondra, Denise, Vanessa, and Rudy.
― Anonymous User  3/19/2012
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This name is really overrated in my opinion. Almost everyone who wants a classy, traditional name calls their son Theodore, and it almost inevitably gets shortened to Theo. I have the same problem with Alexander and Benjamin. Perfectly fine names, but ruined by their obvious nicknames.
the_awesome_elf  3/2/2012
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Nice name. I also like the nicknames Teddy and Theo.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
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A diminutive name can also be Teddy from "Little Women".
― Anonymous User  12/17/2011
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Theodore Hayes MacArthur is the son of American actress Ali Larter and her husband Hayes MacArthur.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
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Theodore "Ted" Mosby is the protagonist in the TV show, "How I Met Your Mother."
Emmasj  10/10/2011
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Theodore is one of my favourite names; of course, I may be biased. 1) it's my nephew's name and 2) I like names that are names and not nicknames or words. I'm sick and tired of boys named Hunter or Jake or Skylar or DeShawn. Theodore is regal and mature sounding, but also cute for a little boy like my nephew. While I agree that Ted isn't the most attractive nickname ever, Teddy is sweet for children and Theo is great for a teenager. When the time comes, he'll have a grown up name- Theodore- that can be taken seriously. Talk about a great name! :)
FullmetalSweetheart  10/9/2011
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It's a good name for a boy, much better than a lot of other crap people are coming up with. But I'm not too crazy about the nickname "Teddy".
Black_X  8/23/2011
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Theodore Herzl, (Hungarian) founder of Zionism, beginning the return to Israel of many European Jews.
pdkimball  6/13/2011
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Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985) was an American science fiction author.
nenmo  2/23/2011
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Theodore X. Barber was a psychologist who's research provided much of what is now known about hypnosis.
bathos  12/27/2010
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I think this name sounds sounds really snobbish but I like the nickname Theo.
Chrila96  11/11/2010
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Dr. Theodore John Kaczynski (b. 22nd May 1942) was a mathematician and survivalist found guilty of being the infamous Unabomber who carried out 16 bombings between 1978 and 1995. He is currently serving a life sentence without parole.

He's another Ted - maybe not a good nickname for Theodore. Cool name though.
SandSea  3/23/2010
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American writer Dr Seuss's full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, without the final `e`. [noted -ed]
Kezza  12/20/2009
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I like this name quite a bit, but it is a tad long and a little old-fashioned for a kid to always go by. I greatly dislike the nicknames Ted and Theo, but I am in love with the too-cute nickname Teddy!
KillYourEgo  7/5/2009
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That's kind of how I feel, I like Theo, hate Theodore.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2009
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Ugh, the shortened Theo works for me. Theodore sounds so affected and dorky - Theodork. Theo is mature and sophisticated enough to stand alone where as the pet form Teddy does not. If I loved Theo stand alone I'd never consider Theodore for the official name. Not worth it.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2008
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I am a girl called Theodore. I don't mind it but, naturally, people always assume I am a boy. Everybody calls me Theo (pronounced tay-o, as my mother is French). I don't mind this name but would never name a child Theodore because it and its common nicknames (eg. Ted, Teddy) sound rather out dated, in my opinion.
Theodore-Lenin  7/21/2008
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Ted Bundy. Enough said. It also sounds like a doofus bear name.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2008
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Shockingly enough, this name is still quite common. This full version sounds quite pompous and old-fashioned, and I don't like the kid-like Ted and Teddy either. Besides, I can only associate this name on Ted Nugent. I can be quite negative. So sue me. Many people have ruined names for me, so he sure would!
slight night shiver  5/9/2008
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Theodore "Ted" Schmidt is one of the characters on the US version of the TV show "Queer As Folk".
torioso  3/28/2008
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This is my infant son's name. Obviously I love it - so gentlemanly and handsome with the ever affable nickname Theo. We choose our names based on how the name will carry our child through life and doors that may open for our child as a result. I can imagine a high court judge named Theodore, an artist or plumber named Theo. He can be whatever he chooses with such a versatile and eloquent name :) He is also living up to its meaning, being so truly delightful - a 'divine gift'!
miss  1/12/2008
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I can't believe that nobody mentioned a famous literary bearer of this name: Theodore "Laurie" Laurence from "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.
Bagpiper1989  10/19/2007
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An ancient name of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Derived from the Ancient Greek name Theodoros. And derived from the Ancient Roman name Theodorus.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2007
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I really like the name Theodore for a little boy. Some short forms of Theodore are Teddy, Ted and Theo.
Tito82  12/27/2006
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Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858–January 6, 1919) was the youngest man ever to become US President, being 42 when President McKinley's assassination meant he as Vice-President became President. His eldest son was also Theodore (September 13, 1887 - July 12, 1944).
Clesthaven  9/17/2006
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I like this name; I wish I didn't always think of the chipmunk when I hear it.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2006
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Theodore Nott, a introverted Slytherin in the Harry Potter novels. Also, I love this name. It just well, reeks of class and sophistication, and has got such heavy meaning to it. I love it!
Zai  8/26/2006
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Famous perosn is Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Suess.
lauren_somebody  6/29/2006
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Theo is a cool sounding name. I like the meaning of this name.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2006
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This was one of the chipmunks off of "Alvin and the Chipmunks".
claraelizabethann  4/19/2006
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The son on The Cosby Show, Theo.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005

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