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Gender: Male Meaning of Theo: "divine gift" Origin of Theo: Diminutive of Theodore Theo's Popularity in 2017: #289

The name Theo is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "divine gift". Theo is ranked #289 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

From the experts:

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.

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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
Theo Ledin, Swedish DJ, son of rock musician Tomas Ledin and music publisher Marie Anderson

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
Theo, main character in Bernardo Bertolucci film "The Dreamers"
Theodore "Theo" character on Netflix original Lost and Found
Theo Putnam, character in the Netflix original "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"


Dadtwobe Says:


Me, too!

stella2007 Says:


I love Theodore and adore Theo.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like this as a nn for Theophilus.

Impwood Says:


I prefer Ted as an nn for Theodore actually. It seems solid and classic, and it slightly unnerves me that Theo on its own literally translates to "God". It would feel funny calling one's child God! I know that all diminutives and abbreviations only retain one element of the meaning of the original word or name and sometimes it doesn't make sense, but for some reason this is the only case in which it puts me off.

AriellaBar Says:


Reading the Goldfinch and falling in love with this name! The character's full name is Theodore Decker, though.

Amber Renee Says:


I'm a big fan of Theo but not so much of Theodore, which is weird considering I don't usually don't like nicknames as given names.

yvonne_virginia Says:


Love it!!