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

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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 fifteis, it currently ranks at Nymber 286 on Nameberry.

Famous People Named Theodora

Theodora Richards - American model and daughter of Keith Richards
Theodora "Teddy" Williams - daughter of British musician Robbie Williams.
Theodora I, empress of the Roman Empire and wife to Justinian I
Theodora, princess of Greece and Denmark from 1906-1969
Theodora Keogh, American novelist
Theodora Kroeber, writer
Theodora Ungureanu, Olympic athlete
Theodora Goss, Hungarian-American writer
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (b. 1983)

Pop Culture References for the Name Theodora

Theodora 'Teddy' Altman, character from the TV show 'Grey's Anatomy'
Theodora, character from ''Oz the Great and Powerful''
Theodora Lee, sister of youtube comedian and blogger Caspar Lee
Theodora, an opera by Thomas Morell
Theodora, character in Negima! anime
Theodora Dix, character in "Chronicles of Avonlea"
Theodora "Teddy" Duncan, character on Disney show Good Luck Charlie

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

Theodora's International Variations

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