Many modern parents use Theo as the short form for Theodore rather than the dated Ted--including some celebs, such as Dallas Bryce Howard-- but others bypass the Grandpa name Theodore entirely and skip right to the hip nickname Theo. Short and ultra-chic, Theo's a cool, contemporary baby name choice.
Theo first made an impact as the name of the only son on "The Cosby Show," earlier it was associated with Vincent Van Gogh's supportive brother Theo.
Theo is currently having a burst of popularity in Europe, ranking in the Top 20 in Sweden, France and Belgium. Although not quite so popular in the US, Theo has risen more than 400 ranks in the last four years and now ranks in at Number 509.
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