Gender: Male Meaning of Theo: "gift of God" Origin of Theo: Diminutive of Theodore Theo's Popularity in 2018: #243

Theo Origin and Meaning

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

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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Rank in US: #243

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CailinRua Says:


I like Theo because my celebrity crush chose it for his youngest son.

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!!