Diminutive of Theodora
"divine gift"

Theo Origin and Meaning

The name Theo is both a boy's name and a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "divine gift".
Theo has a girls' name is used for only a handful of babies today. As a short form of Theodora, Theo is used much less frequently than Thea or even Teddy. One notable appearance was as the younger daughter in Sofia Coppola's film On the Rocks in 2020.

Not so in the half century from 1880 till 1930, when Theo was in the Top 1000 for girls. Nicknames given as full names were stylish then, as were boyish nicknames such as Billie and Tommie for girls. Theo fits this old-school trend, but these days, Theo – on its own and as a nickname for Theodore – is much more popular for boys.

Theo Popularity

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Theo in Pop Culture

  • TheoScary Movie 2 played by Kathleen Robertson
  • Theodora "Theo" CrainThe Haunting of Hill House