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Gender: M Meaning of Theodore: "gift of God" Origin of Theodore: Greek Theodore's Popularity in 2014: #126

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 and French painter Gericault, and it 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.

Famous People Named Theodore

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president
Theodore "Teddy" DeReese Pendergrass, American R&B/soul singer and songwriter
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
John Theodore "Teddy" Geiger II, American singer-songwriter and music producer
Theodore Dreiser, American novelist
Theodore Maiman, American inventor of the laser
Theodore William Richards, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Theodore Schultz, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
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
Theodore "Teddy" Bridgewater, American football player
Theodore "Ted" Robert Bundy, (1946-1989) American serial killer
Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies, son of Rachael Leigh Cook & Daniel Gillies
Theodore Freeman, American astronaut

Pop Culture References for the name Theodore

Theodore "Teddy" Duchamp, one of the 4 main characters in the film "Stand By Me", based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King
Theodore "Theo" Huxtable, character on "The Cosby Show"
Theodore, from "Alvin and the Chipmunks"
Theodore "Theo" Kojak, character on Kojak
Theodore "Ted" Wong, character from the YouTube series Video Game High School
Theodore "T Dog" Douglas, character from AMC's The Walking Dead
Theodore "TJ" Detweiler, from the cartoon series "Recess"
Theodore "Teddy" Altman, Hulkling from Young Avengers
Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
Theodore Boone, main character of John Grisham's Theodore Boone series
Theodore "Ted" Evelyn Mosby, character on American sitcom How I Met Your Mother
Theodore "Theo" Nott, character from the "Harry Potter" series
Theodore Raymond Grey, Christian and Ana's son in Fifty Shades of Grey
Theodore (Theo) - Protagonist in Donna Tart's book "The Goldfinch"

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Theodore's International Variations

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