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Gender: M Meaning of Theodore: "gift of God" Origin of Theodore: Greek Theodore's Popularity in 2013: #170

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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 nickname Theo.

Theodore has been the choice of several celebrities, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Natascha McElhone and Ali Larter.

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 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.

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Famous People Named Theodore

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt - 26th US President
Theodore Raymond "T. R." Knight, American actor
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) - American author
Theodore "Ted" Stevens - former US Senator from Alaska
Theodore "Ted" Nugent - American musician
Theodore Dreiser - American novelist
Theodore Maiman - American inventor of the laser
Theodore Norman Howard Gabel (b. 2007) - Son of Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel
Theodore Kelly (b. 2000) - Son of Natascha McElhone
Theodore Hayes MacArthur (b. 2010) - Son of Ali Larter

Pop Culture References for the Name Theodore

Theodore, from "Alvin and the Chipmunks"
Theodore "Teddy" Altman, Hulkling from Young Avengers
Theodore Boone - main character of John Grisham's Theodore Boone series
Theodore "TJ" Detweiler, from the cartoon series "Recess"
Theodore "T Dog" Douglas, character from AMC's The Walking Dead
Theodore Raymond Grey, Christian and Ana's son in Fifty Shades of Grey
Theodore "Theo" Huxtable, character on The Cosby Show
Theodore "Theo" Kojak, character on Kojak
Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
Theodore "Ted" Evelyn Mosby, character on American sitcom How I Met Your Mother
Theodore "Theo" Nott, character from the "Harry Potter" series

Tad, Teador, Ted, Teddie, Teddy, Tedor, Tedric, Tedrick, Teodoor, Teodore, Theo, Theodoras, Theodoros, Theodors, Theodorus

Theodore's International Variations

Teodor, Tedik, Bohdan, Teodus (Czech) Theodoor (Dutch) Théodore (French) Teadoir (Gaelic) Tewdor, Theodor (German) Thao, Theodosios (Greek) Tivadar (Hungarian) Teodosio (Italian) Theodrekr (Norwegian) Dorek, Tedorik, Tolek, Teodorek, Teos (Polish) Todor, Feodor, Fyodor, Fedir, Feodore, Fedor, Todos, Fedinka, Fedar, Fedya (Russian) Teodoro, Teodomiro (Spanish) Tewdwr, Tudor (Welsh)