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Gender: M Meaning of Theo: "divine gift" Origin of Theo: Diminutive of Theodore Theo's Popularity in 2016: #354

Many modern parents use Theo as the short form for Theodore rather than the dated Ted--including some celebs, such as Dallas Bryce Howard-- but others bypass the Grandpa name Theodore entirely and skip right to the hip nickname Theo. Short and ultra-chic, Theo's a cool, contemporary baby name choice.

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.

Theo is currently having a burst of popularity in Europe, ranking in the Top 50 in Germany, France, Sweden and Norway. Although not quite so popular in the US, Theo has risen more than 500 ranks in the last six years and now ranks in at Number 354.

Famous People Named Theo

Theodorus "Theo" van Gogh, Dutch art dealer; brother of Vincent van Gogh
John Theodore "Theo" Rossi, American actor
Theo James (born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis), English actor
Theo Nathaniel Epstein, American baseball team president
Theoren Wallace "Theo" Fleury, Canadian ice hockey player
Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist
Theo David Hutchcraft, English singer of duo Hurts
Theophalus Curtis "Theo" Ratliff, American professional basketball player
Theo Vonkurnatowski aka Theo Von, actor and reality TV personality
Theo James Walcott, English footballer
Theo Sarapo, French actor and singer
Theo Dahl, son of author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal
Theo Ellis, English musician of band Wolf Alice; son of actors Christine Kavanagh and Jack Ellis
Theo Horan, nephew of singer Niall Horan
Theo Darby, son 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

Pop Culture References for the name Theo

Theodore "Theo" Huxtable, character on TV's "The Cosby Show"
Theodore "Theo" Kojak, character on TV's "Kojak"
Theo Faron, main character in the film Children of Men
Theo Decker, main character in "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
Theo Sipowicz, character on TV's "NYPD BLUE"
Theo Raeken, character on Teen Wolf