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Gender: Male Meaning of Theodoric: "people's ruler" Origin of Theodoric: German, original form of Dietrich

The name Theodoric is a boy's name of German origin meaning "people's ruler". Theodoric and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Theodoric feels prehistoric, though with short form Theo one of the hottest names around, this old German names for boys may soon feel new again.

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Famous People Named Theodoric

Theodoric I and II, kings of the Visigoths
Theodoric Strabo, Ostrogoth chieftain
Saint Tewdrig (or Theodoric), Welsh king of Gwent and Glywysing
Theodoric, Bishop of Ninden
Theodoric I, Bishop of Paderborn
Antipope Theodoric
Theodoric the Monk, Norwegian Benedictine
Theodoric of Prague, court painter to Charles IV
Theodoric of Freiberg, German theologian and scientist

Pop Culture References for the name Theodoric

Prince Theodoric, character in A Dance to the Music of Time series by Anthony Powell
Theodoric of York, "Saturday Night Live" character played by Steve Martin

Derek, Ted, Rick, Thedrick, Tilson, Thedric, Dietrich, Thilo, Tillman, Dieter, Til, Dirck, Tillmann, Dirk, Tilman, Derrick, Till

Theodoric's International Variations

Thierry (French)


Dietrich Says:



Dietrich Says:


No it cannot! One is Greek, the other German! Not related at all!

Eliane Says:


Could be a lovely substitute for the overly popular Theodore.