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Gender: M Meaning of Theodore: "gift of God" Origin of Theodore: Greek Theodore's Popularity in 2016: #83

When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, the name Theodore was in the Top 40, with Teds and Teddys everywhere. After some damaging stereotypes—the chubby Chipmunk Theodore and Beaver Cleaver's real name—Theodore went into a decline, from which it has definitely made a recovery, thanks in part to the popular and likable nickname Theo.

Theodore has been the choice of several celebrities, including Ivanka Trump, Bryce Dallas Howard, Natascha McElhone, and Ali Larter, not to mention being the fictional son of Christian and Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey.

The name has a distinguished history. In addition to being presidential, it was borne by novelist Dreiser, poet Roethke, and French painter Gericault, and it was the first name (spelled Theodor) of Dr. Seuss.

Among the well-known Teds, baseball's Williams and musician Nugent were born Theodore, but Ted Turner was christened Robert, and Ted Kennedy and Ted Danson were originally Edward.

The beloved character Laurie in Little Women was named Theodore Laurence.

Famous People Named Theodore

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, 26th U.S. president
Theodore "Ted" Roosevelt III, U.S. politician and general; son of President Teddy Roosevelt
Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams, American baseball player
Theodore Fulton "Ted" Stevens, U.S. Senator from Alaska
Theodore "Ted" Strickland; U.S. politician; 68th governor of Ohio
Theodore Tillman "Ted" Shackelford III, American actor
Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass, American R&B/soul singer and songwriter
Theodore Raymond "T. R." Knight, American actor
Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), American author
John Theodore "Teddy" Geiger II, American singer-songwriter and music producer
Theodore Dreiser, American novelist
Theodore Maiman, American inventor of the laser
Theodore William Richards, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Theodore Schultz, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Theodore "Teddy" Bridgewater, American NFL football player
Theodore Kelly (b. 2000), son of actress Natascha McElhone
Theodore Norman Howard Gabel (b. 2007), son of Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel
Theodore Hayes MacArthur (b. 2010), son of actress Ali Larter
Theodore Ignatius Fitzpatrick (b. 2013), son of musician Michael Fitzpatrick and actress Kaylee DeFer
Theodore Vigo Sullivan Gillies (b. 2015), son of actors Rachael Leigh Cook & Daniel Gillies
Theodore James Kushner (b. 2016), son of American model, businesswoman, fashion designer, author, and actor Ivanka Trump and American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher Jared Kushner; grandson of Donald Trump, the 45th and current President of the United States

Pop Culture References for the name Theodore

Theodore "Teddy" Duchamp, a main character in film "Stand By Me" and novella "The Body" by Stephen King
Theodore "Theo" Huxtable, character on "The Cosby Show"
Theodore, chipmunk in the Alvin and the Chipmunks series
Theodore "Theo" Kojak, character on TV's "Kojak"
Theodore "Ted" Wong, character from the YouTube series Video Game High School
Theodore "T Dog" Douglas, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Theodore "TJ" Detweiler, characterin animated series "Recess"
Theodore "Teddy" Altman, Hulkling in Young Avengers comics
Theodore "Laurie" Laurence, character in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
"Theodore Boone," series by John Grisham and its main character
Theodore Evelyn "Ted" Mosby, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Theodore "Theo" Nott, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Theodore Raymond Grey, Christian and Ana's son in the Fifty Shades of Grey series
Theodore "Theo," main character in Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch"
Theodore "Teddy" Flood, character on TV's "Westworld"
Theodore Finch, main character in Jennifer Niven's All The Bright Places

Ted, Tedric, Teodore, Tad, Teddie, Tedrick, Theodoras, Tedor, Teodoor, Theodorus, Theodoros, Theo, Teador, Theodors, Teddy

Theodore's International Variations

Dorek, Tedorik, Tolek, Teodorek, Teos (Polish) Theodoor (Dutch) Thao, Theodosios (Greek) Theodrekr (Norwegian) Tewdwr, Tudor (Welsh) Teodor, Tedik, Bohdan, Teodus (Czech) Tewdor, Theodor (German) Todor, Feodor, Fyodor, Fedir, Feodore, Fedor, Todos, Fedinka, Fedar, Fedya (Russian) Tivadar (Hungarian) Teodoro, Teodomiro (Spanish) Teodosio (Italian) Teadoir (Gaelic) Théodore (French)