Diminutive of Theodore
"gift of God"

Theo Origin and Meaning

The name Theo is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "gift of God".

See the popularity graph below for the name Theo? It's been heading straight uphill since 2010, when it hopped back onto the Top 1000 after a 60+ year absence.

Now in the Top 100 in this form, Theo's popularity is even wider given its common use as a nickname for Theodore, which made the Top 10 for the first time in 2022. This might be the generation of Theos.

Theo's newfound popularity extends far beyond the US and the rest of the English-speaking world. It's currently a Top 100 name in Germany, Brazil, Scandinavia, and beyond, as well as being a popular choice for pets.

Theo first made an impact as the name of the only son on "The Cosby Show," earlier it was associated with Vincent van Gogh's supportive brother Theo.

# 78 in the US

Theo Rank in US Top 1000

# 36 on Nameberry

Theo Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Theo Popularity

Famous People Named Theo

  • Theodorus "Theo" van GoghDutch art dealer; brother of Vincent van Gogh
  • John Theodore "Theo" RossiAmerican actor
  • Theo James (born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis)English actor
  • Theo Nathaniel EpsteinAmerican baseball team president
  • Theoren Wallace "Theo" FleuryCanadian ice hockey player
  • Theo BosDutch cyclist
  • Theo David HutchcraftEnglish singer of duo Hurts
  • Theophalus Curtis "Theo" RatliffAmerican professional basketball player
  • Theo Vonkurnatowski aka Theo Vonactor and reality TV personality
  • Theo James WalcottEnglish footballer
  • Theo SarapoFrench actor and singer
  • Theo Dahlson of author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal
  • Theo EllisEnglish musician of band Wolf Alice; son of actors Christine Kavanagh and Jack Ellis
  • Theo Horannephew of singer Niall Horan
  • Theo Darbyson of actor Rhys Darby
  • Theo Marven (b. 2002)son of TV presenter Nigel Marven
  • Theo Hall (b. 2010)son of TV chef Ilan Hall
  • Theo Payne (b. 2012)son of singer Dougie Payne of Travis and actress Kelly MacDonald
  • Theo Scholles Lima (b. 2014)son of singer Sandy and Lucas Scholles Lima
  • Theo Nathanson (b. 2016)son of model Nicole Linkletter and Adam Nathanson
  • Theodore James "Theo" Kushner (b. 2016)son of businesswoman/TV personality Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
  • Theo LedinSwedish DJ, son of rock musician Tomas Ledin and music publisher Marie Anderson

Theo in Pop Culture

  • Theodore "Theo" Huxtablecharacter on TV's "The Cosby Show"
  • Theodore "Theo" Kojakcharacter on TV's "Kojak"
  • Theo Faronmain character in the film Children of Men
  • Theo Deckermain character in "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
  • Theo Sipowiczcharacter on TV's "NYPD BLUE"
  • Theo Raekencharacter on Teen Wolf
  • Theomain character in Bernardo Bertolucci film "The Dreamers"
  • Theodore "Theo" character on Netflix original Lost and Found
  • Theo Putnamcharacter in the Netflix original "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

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