When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, the name Theodore was in the Top 40, with Teds and Teddys everywhere. After some damaging stereotypes -- the chubby Chipmunk Theodore and Beaver Cleaver's real name -- Theodore went into a decline, from which it has definitely made a recovery, thanks in part to the popular and likable nickname Theo.
Theodore has been the choice of several celebrities, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Natascha McElhone and Ali Larter, not to mention being the fictional son of Christian and Ana in Fifty Shades of Gray..
The name has a distinguished history; in addition to being presidential, it was borne by novelist Dreiser, poet Roethke, French painter Gericault, and was the first name (spelled Theodor) of Dr. Seuss.
Among the well-known Teds, baseball's Williams and musician Nugent were born Theodore, but Ted Turner was christened Robert, and Ted Kennedy and Ted Danson were originally Edward.
The beloved character Laurie in Little Women was named Theodore Laurence.