Feminine variation of Theodore
"gift of God"

Theodora Origin and Meaning

The name Theodora is a girl's name meaning "gift of God".

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.

The name Theodora 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 late 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 trendy Thea to the vintage Dora. Theodora also has some cool international variations as well: Theodosia, Feodora and Teodora. It reentered the US Top 1000 in 2019 for the first time in over 60 years and seems destined to follow brother name Theodore toward the top of the list.

# 694 in the US

Theodora Rank in US Top 1000

# 231 on Nameberry

Theodora Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Theodora Popularity

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Famous People Named Theodora

  • Saint Theodora4th century Alexandrian martyr with Saint Didymus
  • Theodora IByzantine Empress as wife of Justinian I
  • Theodora IIByzantine Empress as wife of Theophilos
  • Theodoraprincess of Greece and Denmark (b. 1906)
  • TheodoraPrincess of Greece and Denmark (b. 1983) aka Theodora Greece, British actress
  • Theodora CormontanNorwegian,American pianist
  • Theodora KeoghAmerican novelist
  • Theodora KroeberAmerican anthropologist and author
  • Theodora UngureanuRomanian Olympic gymnast
  • Theodora GossHungarian,American fantasy author
  • Saint Theodora of SihlaOrthodox saint
  • Theodora "Teddy" Williamsdaughter of English singer Robbie Williams
  • Theodora Richards(b. 1985) American model and daughter of musician Keith Richards
  • Theodora Segusodaughter of tennis players Robert Seguso and Carling Bassett Seguso
  • Theodora Isabelle Irene Flanagan (b. 2018)daughter of actress Kate Siegel and director Mike Flanagan

Theodora in Pop Culture

  • Theodora Lynnmain character in "Theodora Goes Wild"
  • Theodora 'Teddy' Altmancharacter on TV's "Grey's Anatomy'
  • Theodoracharacter in film ''Oz the Great and Powerful''
  • Theodoraan opera by Thomas Morell
  • Theodoracharacter in anime "Negima!"
  • Theodora Dixcharacter in "Chronicles of Avonlea"
  • Theodora "Thea" Atwellcharacter in "The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls"
  • Theodora Rebecca "Teddy" Duncancharacter on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
  • Theodora Danecharacter in book/film "Ballet Shoes"
  • Theodora "Theo" Craincharacter in "The Haunting of Hill House"
  • Theodora "Teddy" Reedcharacter in TV series "Sisters"