Theodore Name Meaning

A posh pick with loads of history behind him, Theodore has been making a comeback in recent years. He’s jam-packed with vintage cred, a timeless name that’s sure to please. Theodore is on-trend with many of today’s styles, fitting in with the rise of old-man-chic finds like Charlie, Henry, and Samuel.

He’s a name of interesting parallels, managing to feel gentle yet strong, balancing between a sweet side and background of power and prestige. He has presidential ties with the ultimate outdoorsman, Theodore Roosevelt, as well as ancient roots with military strong men like Theodore Stratelates and Theodore Trithyrius. He’s also a literary pick with the beloved Dr. Seuss born Theodor and science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon bearing the name.

Theodore is also a religious choice, a pick that isn’t as obvious as Noah or Jonah. He has a beautiful meaning of “God’s gift” and has been the name of two popes. He’s a name of distinction with upscale vibes, working well on an adult. He’s also a friendly pick for a little guy thanks to his host of nicknames. There’s the oh-so-lovable Teddy as well as the short and sweet Ted. There are also two super cool finds with modern appeal like Theo and Teo under his wing.

Infographic of Theodore name meaning, which is From the Greek Theodoros, Theodore means God's gift.
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Theodore Name Popularity

How popular is the name Theodore? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Theodore was the 44th most popular boys name, representing 0.511% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Theodore has been the 149th most popular boys name, representing 0.1545% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 53 669 0.19%
1911 56 729 0.1958%
1912 51 1,549 0.3072%
1913 60 1,634 0.2882%
1914 64 1,920 0.2755%
1915 64 2,496 0.2747%
1916 65 2,629 0.2722%
1917 63 2,799 0.2798%
1918 64 3,135 0.2921%
1919 54 3,421 0.3267%
1920 63 3,214 0.2891%
1921 65 3,166 0.2765%
1922 62 3,211 0.2882%
1923 61 3,155 0.2817%
1924 65 3,222 0.2775%
1925 63 3,221 0.285%
1926 63 3,107 0.2825%
1927 62 3,114 0.2813%
1928 66 2,905 0.2715%
1929 65 2,894 0.2794%
1930 67 2,953 0.2827%
1931 70 2,664 0.2699%
1932 67 2,665 0.2697%
1933 68 2,601 0.2792%
1934 74 2,515 0.2602%
1935 78 2,423 0.2493%
1936 87 2,210 0.2294%
1937 86 2,307 0.2341%
1938 83 2,356 0.2301%
1939 90 2,187 0.215%
1940 90 2,302 0.2166%
1941 95 2,322 0.2063%
1942 91 2,655 0.2103%
1943 96 2,607 0.1997%
1944 96 2,567 0.2071%
1945 101 2,339 0.1918%
1946 101 2,603 0.1764%
1947 102 2,916 0.1747%
1948 104 2,825 0.177%
1949 100 3,034 0.1886%
1950 99 2,953 0.1834%
1951 99 3,211 0.1894%
1952 100 3,263 0.1869%
1953 112 2,933 0.1657%
1954 115 3,069 0.1679%
1955 119 2,970 0.1615%
1956 119 2,949 0.1561%
1957 132 2,752 0.143%
1958 139 2,502 0.1324%
1959 145 2,392 0.1259%
1960 149 2,378 0.1255%
1961 151 2,290 0.1213%
1962 146 2,309 0.1258%
1963 142 2,368 0.1319%
1964 151 2,165 0.123%
1965 142 2,134 0.1305%
1966 148 1,889 0.121%
1967 149 1,853 0.1221%
1968 149 1,881 0.1253%
1969 153 1,929 0.1252%
1970 160 1,820 0.1144%
1971 164 1,649 0.1097%
1972 174 1,391 0.1021%
1973 176 1,319 0.1017%
1974 180 1,246 0.0959%
1975 189 1,177 0.0916%
1976 188 1,160 0.09%
1977 195 1,200 0.089%
1978 195 1,196 0.089%
1979 196 1,219 0.0865%
1980 203 1,184 0.081%
1981 217 1,104 0.0751%
1982 209 1,153 0.0772%
1983 205 1,137 0.077%
1984 213 1,041 0.07%
1985 202 1,174 0.0773%
1986 200 1,229 0.0814%
1987 207 1,173 0.0769%
1988 210 1,219 0.0782%
1989 216 1,268 0.0786%
1990 237 1,194 0.072%
1991 251 1,069 0.0656%
1992 259 1,071 0.0671%
1993 279 997 0.0639%
1994 298 893 0.0582%
1995 284 930 0.0617%
1996 298 856 0.0572%
1997 291 930 0.0629%
1998 290 947 0.0633%
1999 317 866 0.0578%
2000 311 909 0.0595%
2001 306 890 0.0591%
2002 301 938 0.0626%
2003 312 926 0.0609%
2004 308 991 0.065%
2005 298 1,079 0.0706%
2006 296 1,100 0.0703%
2007 300 1,119 0.0709%
2008 295 1,110 0.0718%
2009 277 1,205 0.0806%
2010 258 1,309 0.0908%
2011 230 1,550 0.1088%
2012 192 1,934 0.1357%
2013 167 2,420 0.17%
2014 125 3,223 0.2212%
2015 98 4,145 0.2849%
2016 82 4,893 0.3394%
2017 62 5,911 0.4235%
2018 44 7,020 0.511%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Theodore

If you like Theodore, you’ll love these other names like Theodore.


What names are diminutives of Theodore?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Theodore sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Theodore, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ted

A diminutive form of Edward, Theodore, and Theodoric.

Greek

#2,441 (0.0005%)  
Teddie

Wealthy spear; wealthy guard; God's gift

Greek

Teddy

Wealthy protector; brave people; God's gift

Greek

#1,559 (0.0029%)  
Theo

God's gift

Greek

#240 (0.1113%)  

What names are variants of Theodore?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Theodore.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Fedor

German

Feodor

Divine gift; God's gift

Russian

Fyodor

Divine gift

Russian

Teador

God's gift

Greek

Tedor

God's gift

Greek

Teodoor

God's gift

Greek

Teodor

God's gift

Greek

#2,051 (0.0012%)  
Teodoro

God's gift

Greek

#2,083 (0.0011%)  
Theodor

God's gift

Greek

#1,956 (0.0014%)  
Theodorus

God's gift

Greek

Theodosios

God's gift

Greek

Todor

God's gift

Greek

Tudor

A variant form, regarded as Welsh, of Theodore.

Welsh


What names sound like Theodore?

If you like how Theodore sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Theodore.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Deodar

Divine wood

Indian (Sanskrit)

Isadore

Gift of Isis

Greek

Isidore

Gift of Isis

Greek

Salvador

Savior

Latin

#640 (0.0246%)  
Thelonious

People

Dutch

#2,664 (0.0004%)  
Theophilus

Loved by God

Greek

Theron

Hunter

Greek

#1,967 (0.0014%)  

What names are similar to Theodore?

Find a name that’s like Theodore, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

#11 (0.8726%)  
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

#6 (0.974%)  
Desmond

From South Munster

Irish

#317 (0.0729%)  
Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
James

Supplanter

English

#4 (0.9844%)  
Oliver

Olive tree

English

#5 (0.9745%)  
Peter

Stone

Greek

#210 (0.1311%)  
Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek

#18 (0.7318%)  
Simon

He has heard

Hebrew

#251 (0.1029%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  

Lists With Theodore

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Theodore.


Siblings of Theodore

Mamas with kids named Theodore also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Paschal

Easter child

Latin

Augustus

Great, magnificient

Latin

#458 (0.0429%)  
Clara

Bright and clear

Latin

#102 (0.2089%)  
June

Month of June

Latin

#236 (0.0955%)  
Newton

New town

English

15 Comments

  1. We chose it originally because we loved the name and it was unique but still traditional. When we lost our first baby early in pregnancy, we got more into the meaning of names. We still wanted our first son named Theodore but it now took on a new meaning once we found out it meant “gift of God”. Our son truly is a gift from God and the name is so fitting for our situation! God had plans long before our son was born that his name was going to be Theodore and it is very exciting to see those plans come to be and be so perfect!

  2. I love the nickname of Theo & that it means God-given. His name fits so perfectly to our life right now. I just wish it wasn’t so popular right now and that it’s very likely he’ll have friends with the same name but I’d never change his name because of it. He is our little gift from God!

  3. Theodore means gods gift.

  4. Our rainbow baby Theo is truly a gift from the Lord. We prefer the nickname Theo to Ted or Teddy

  5. We loved the name Theodore because it means “gift from God”. Every child is a gift from God, but it feels more so when you wait for ten years for your precious gift like we did. We also liked the ability to shorten his name to Theo.

  6. The name means gift from God!

  7. I chose theodore’s name because it means gift of god in Greek and I
    Chose Roman (his middle name) because it’s my brother in laws middle name

  8. I love the name Theodore because it means “God’s gift”, and this was an accidental (but very wanted) pregnancy! But the real reason we called him Theodore is that his labour and birth was such a gift: quick, easy, natural, and empowering – just four and a half hours start to finish, totally in control and at home, with two hours of active labour at the end and no tearing. And he’s followed through by being a calm, healthy, wonderful baby. Maybe names are self-fulfilling prophecies!

  9. Theodore means “gift of God.” We were thankful for the gift of getting pregnant easily and for our sweet little guy once he was born. It’s also a reminder that he is still a gift even on days when he is cranky, tired, snotty, teething, covered in dog hair and mom needs another cup o’ joe 🙂

  10. We named our son after President Theodore Roosevelt, our favorite president. President Roosevelt fought corruption as an elected official in New York and went on to become a progressive president who started the National Parks program. We also love that the name means”gift from God,” as this baby mist certainly is.

  11. I picked Theodore after he was born and I saw him. His name just came to me and it stuck.

  12. Theodore means God’s gift.
    He’s such a gift to us because he was conceived unexpectedly and had a supernatural birth.

  13. We wanted a traditional name that had a nickname for when he was young but a big name to grow into. He is “Teddy“. I still love his name. We loved what it means. If you’re thinking about it, do it! You’ll love having a Theodore! 🙂

  14. We chose Theodore before we were even married while visiting Yellowstone National Park. We love President Roosevelt’s work with Parks and once we found out we were pregnant, we starting calling him Theo before we even confirmed he was a boy. We love that it is an “older” name. I don’t like that some may feel compelled to call him Teddy. Theo just fits our little man!

  15. My husband wanted a little kid running around named Teddy (that’s what we call him), and we really like the slavery Abolitionist Theodore Weld. There’s Teddy Roosevelt as well. Some people call their Theodore’s “Theo,” or “Ted,” and I sometimes call my son Ted for short. My little blonde hair Teddy boy 🙂


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