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Gender: Male Meaning of Theophilus: "friend of God" Origin of Theophilus: Greek

The name Theophilus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "friend of God". Theophilus and is often added to lists like Colonial Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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This is a multi-syllabic New Testament relic that could be yet another fresh way to get to Theo. In the beginning of Luke's gospel, he dedicates his words to Theophilus.

Theophilus North is the title of a novel by Thornton Wilder and the name of its protagonist.

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Famous People Named Theophilus

Theophilus, Patriarch of Antioch
Theophilus, 23rd Pope of Alexandria
Theophilus Siegfried Bayer, German classical scholar
Theophilus Brabourne, English theologian
Theophilus Carter, English furniture dealer upon whom Lewis Carroll supposedly based the Mad Hatter
Theophilus Cibber (1703-58), English actor and playwright
Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, Nigerian soldier, politician and businessman
Theophilus Howard (1584-1640), English statesman
Theophilus Lewis, American drama critic and writer
Theophilus Musa London, American rapper
Wolfgang Theophilus Mozart, birth name of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who preferred the Latin translation of his Greek middle name

Pop Culture References for the name Theophilus

From 'Theophilus North': 'But we are in *America*, Theophilus. (What a beautiful name that is.) Here everybody calls everybody else by their given name after five minutes.'
Professor Theophilus Branestawm, the hero of Norman Hunter's 'Professor Branestawm' books (1933-83)
Captain Theophilus Sterling, a character in K.A. Barker's 'The Book of Days'
Theophilus, honorary title of the person to whom the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles are addressed in the Bible