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Gender: F Meaning of Theodora: "gift of God" Origin of Theodora: Feminine variation of Theodore

Theodora is one of the most revival-worthy of the charmingly old-fashioned Victorian valentine names, softly evocative but still substantial, as is the reversed-syllable Dorothea. It was borne by several saints and by the beautiful ninth wife of the Emperor Justinian, who became the power behind his throne. A later royal was Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, the older sister of the present Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Keith Richards named his daughter Theodora (with whom he recently collaborated on a best-selling children's book) in 1985; Robbie Williams did the same just last year. In TV's Grey's Anatomy Dr. Theodora "Teddy" Altman was a surgeon.

Theodora offers a menu of neat nicknames, from the classic Teddy to Thea to Dora. Some cool international variations as well: Theodosia, Feodora and Teodora.

Though off the Social Security list since the early fifties, it currently ranks at Number 313 on Nameberry.

Famous People Named Theodora

Saint Theodora, 4th century Alexandrian martyr with Saint Didymus
Theodora I, Byzantine Empress as wife of Justinian I
Theodora II, Byzantine Empress as wife of Theophilos
Theodora, princess of Greece and Denmark (b. 1906)
Theodora, Princess of Greece and Denmark (b. 1983) aka Theodora Greece, British actress
Theodora Cormontan, Norwegian-American pianist
Theodora Keogh, American novelist
Theodora Kroeber, American anthropologist and author
Theodora Ungureanu, Romanian Olympic gymnast
Theodora Goss, Hungarian-American fantasy author
Saint Theodora of Sihla, Orthodox saint
Theodora "Teddy" Williams, daughter of English singer Robbie Williams
Theodora Richards, American model and daughter of musician Keith Richards

Pop Culture References for the name Theodora

Theodora Lynn, main character in 1936 film "Theodora Goes Wild"
Theodora 'Teddy' Altman, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy'
Theodora, character in film ''Oz the Great and Powerful''
Theodora, an opera by Thomas Morell
Theodora, character in anime "Negima!"
Theodora Dix, character in "Chronicles of Avonlea"
Theodora "Thea" Atwell, character in "The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls"
Theodora Rebecca "Teddy" Duncan, character on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
Theodora Dane, character in book/film "Ballet Shoes"

Dora, Tossi, Docia, Teodi, Theda, Dosia, Theadora, Theo, Tedra, Thaddea, Tedda, Thea, Thadine, Teddi, Feodosia, Tossia, Tedre, Teddy, Thekla

Theodora's International Variations

Fedora, Feodora, Fedosia, Theodosia (Russian) Teodory, Teodozji (Polish) Teodora (Spanish)