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Quick Facts on Theo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 666
Simple meaning:
God's gift

Characteristics of Theo

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Theo

Theo is short for Theodore (like Ted or Teddy). Theodore comes from the Greek name Theodōros which is derived from the elements “theos” (meaning “God”) and “dōron” (meaning “gift”); therefore meaning “God’s gift”. The use of the name Theodōros dates back to ancient Greece and was borne by notable inventors, mathematicians, philosophers and rulers in the centuries before Christ. Later, the name spread mainly throughout Eastern Europe influenced by the Byzantium Empire and became quite popular among early Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church. There are scores of saints named Theodore and two Roman Catholic popes. In Russia, the name is usually rendered Fyodor and is among the most popular of Slavic nations. The French eventually adopted the name as Théodore and the English began regularly using the name by the 19th century. Interestingly, Theodore of Tarsus was the 8th Archbishop of Canterbury dating back to 7th century England. Born a Byzantine Greek, he was sent from Rome to England where he instituted many church reforms and established the Canterbury School. However, “Theodore” was not adopted as a western name until centuries later. Theo developed as a pet form which has become an independently given name in its own right. It could also be considered a nickname for girls names Theodora.

Popularity of the Name Theo

As a stand-alone name, Theo was used with a lot more regularity at the end of the 19th century and first half of the 20th. This was during a period of time when Theodore was quite fashionable for little boys. The colloquial Theo, however, would drop off the charts in 1946 and go on a 60+ year hiatus from usage. The name only just returned to the Top 1000 list in 2010 but still ranks quite low. In other words, Theo is an uncommon name today. Apparently America hasn’t gotten the memo. This name is doing quite well over in Europe. It’s a Top 20 favorite in France, Belgium and Sweden. And it’s a Top 50 most popular in Norway and England. It also does reasonably well in Germany. We expect to see this little “gift from God” increase in usage once more parents rediscover his old-fashioned charm. It’s only a matter of time.
Popularity of the Boy Name Theo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Theo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Theo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Theo

    Theo We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Theo.

  • Popular Songs on Theo

    Popular Songs on Theo

    Theo and Weird Henry - a song by John Mellencamp

    Theo B - a song by Sunny Day Real Estate

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Theo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Theo

    Théo et le lion (Caroline Pistinier) - French edition. Théo, le petit galago, découvre Sa Majesté le lion la patte coincée dans un arbre. Théo veut bien le délivrer mais à une condition : le lion doit lui jurer qu'il ne le mangera pas. À peine libéré, le lion reprend sa parole. . . Quand on promet quelque chose, on s'y tient. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Theo and the Blue Note (Peter Kuper) - All Theo the cat wants to do is play the sax, even though he only knows one note. But when a rocket ship equipped with a jazz-playing jukebox zooms him to the moon, Theo meets the jazz combo of his dreams— Charlie Porker, Nat King Cobra, Duck Ellington, and more. He gets to jam with the greats, who show Theo that there’s more to being a jiving cool cat than just one blue note. Peter Kuper’s one-of-a-kind illustrations—created using intricately cut stencils, spray paint, and collage—shake and shimmy across the page, just like jazz itself. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Theo and the Sisters of Sage (Timothy D. Bellavia) - Written and Illustrated by Timothy D. Bellavia Using a more tradition illustration format, readers are introduced to Sage's sisters — both aliens — help a young boy named Theo who has lost all of his hair due to medical treatments. There is a surprise ending and the sisters reinforce empathy, esteem and equity. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Theo's Big Scare (Rebecca Irias) - Something dark and scary is lurking in Theo’s bedroom. What is it? Where did it come from, and why is it so scary? HELP MOMMY, HELP! He shrieks. But can she help him or will this strange dark figure scare Theo forever?! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Theo's Thanksgiving (D.J. Steinberg) - “When the guests came over, / Theo couldn’t wait— / He put one slice of turkey / On his Thanksgiving plate. / Then two scoops of stuffing— / Kerplop, kerplop!— / And three spoons of gravy / (Give or take a drop).” Find out what other scrumptious Thanksgiving foods Theo piles onto his plate in this funny counting book! Yummy-smelling scratch-and-sniff, fun rhymes, and illustrations that look good enough to eat make this book a charming Thanksgiving read. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Theo: The Blue Rider Pigeon (Christine Sireau) - It was a cold and blustery November night at Blue Rider Stables. The wind howled outside the barn. The horses were huddled safely inside. The girls who apprenticed at the barn had closed the heavy door against the storm. What a surprise when, the next morning, a pigeon was found limping around inside. No one expected that the barn would become his new home, but it did. Join Theo as he slowly becomes a part of the rich and varied family that inhabits the Blue Rider Stables. Luminously illustrated in vibrant watercolors, Theo, the Blue Rider Pigeon offers a delightful glimpse into an amazing world. Written in simple, poetic language, this is a picture book certain to become a family favorite. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Theo

    Famous People Named Theo

    Famous People Named Theo - Theo Walcott (English footballer); Theo Epstein (President of the Chicago Cubs); Theo Ratliff (basketball player); Theoren "Theo" Fleury (hockey player); Theo Albrecht (German businessman and billionaire); Theo de Raadt (notable software engineer); Theo Jansen (Dutch artist); Theo Paphitis (British-Greek businessman); Theo Rossi (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Theo

    Children of Famous People Named Theo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Theo - Jami Gertz (actress); Kate Capshaw (actress); Steven Spielberg (director); Roald Dahl (novelist); Rhys Darby (New Zealander actor/comic)

  • Historic Figures

    Theo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Theo - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Theo.

Personality of the Boy Name Theo

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Theo

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