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Quick Facts on Theodore

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 170
Simple meaning:
God’s gift

Characteristics of Theodore

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Theodore

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. More modern name bearers are Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President; Theodore Dreiser, novelist; Theodore Roethke, the 20th century American poet; and Theodore “Ted” Williams, baseball Hall of Famer.

Popularity of the Name Theodore

Theodore has enjoyed relatively high usage in the United States since the government began tracking naming trends in 1880. In fact, the height of the name’s popularity was around the turn of the 20th century. Theodore was a Top 50 choice for boys in the first decade of the 1900s. The name fell off the Top 100 list of most favored boy names by mid-century (1945), and has shown a downward trend since then, albeit slowly. Today, the name is squarely in the Top 300 with only moderate usage. Theodore is flexible in terms of pet forms and can be shortened to Ted, Teddy or Theo. As an ancient Greek name, it’s one of the few that has been time-tested and has demonstrated some serious staying-power. We would consider this name a bit old-fashioned, but supremely handsome and dignified nonetheless. Just like the name Matthew means “God’s gift” from Hebrew, so too does Theodore from the Greeks. No matter who you consider your God to be, we are pretty certain you consider your little baby boy a “gift”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Theodore
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Theodore

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Theodore

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Theodore

    Theodore “Laurie” Laurence (Little Women) Theodore “Laurie” Laurence is the neighbor of the March family in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, published in 1868/69. He is quite a catch, being charming, handsome and rich, but for some mysterious reason, Jo turns down his proposal of marriage, preferring his platonic friendship. Of course, as we all know, Jo’s future harbors the affable German professor, but not to worry – Mr. Laurence does not go to waste. Naturally, he passes his attentions on to the youngest (and vainest) sister, Amy. She’s no fool – she accepts him, and they marry and live happily ever-for-a- little-while-anyway.

  • Popular Songs on Theodore

    Popular Songs on Theodore

    Theodore - a song by Ghostface Killah [explicit]

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Theodore

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Theodore

    Oh, Theodore! (Susan Katz) - The young narrator badly wants a pet, but his mom says dogs are loud and snakes are too scary. So the boy reluctantly winds up with a guinea pig. Through short poems and free verse, the boy and readers get to know Theodore ("soft, plump, fuzzy brown—like a teddy bear"). At first, Theodore hides in his cage, but a cautious approach finally results in a pat on the head followed by a purr. Since guinea pigs are not the most interactive of pets, the text sometimes seems stretched; one very short poem notes that Theodore doesn't have a tail. But most of the verses make a clever point, and the action picks up when, not unexpectedly, Theodore gets lost. The Latino mother and son, along with Theodore himself, are attractively portrayed, with the guinea pig's expressive face bordering on anthropomorphic. An oversize format with plenty of white space adds appeal, and the short text can be used with beginning readers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ted (Tony DiTerlizzi) - As the story goes, Ted--the "big, raspberry-colored oaf" who was DiTerlizzi's imaginary childhood pal--was a little jealous about the Moon Pie Adventure and wanted in on the next book. So with a little help from this towering, pink, floppy-eared fluff ball, DiTerlizzi recounts how he and Ted first met over bowls of raspberry cereal and games of Monopoly-Twister. But, of course, Father will have nothing to do with this, so an elaborate campaign begins to convince him of Ted's existence, involving wall murals, impromptu indoor swimming pools, and all other sorts of mischief. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Theodore and the Talking Mushroom (Leo Lionni) - Theodore, a little mouse, lives with a lizard that can grow a new tail, a frog that can swim underwater, and a turtle that can close up like a box. But Theodore has no special talents of his own. When he discovers a mushroom that says “Quirp,” Theodore tells his friends that this is the only talking mushroom in the world, and that “quirp” means that he should be venerated above all animals. The word spreads, and Theodore is bestowed with a crown—until the truth comes out. When his friends learn that they’ve been deceived, Theodore discovers that he does have a special talent—running away very fast! This tall tale provides an excellent starting-point for discussions of honesty. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (John Grisham) - After years of taking on lawyers of the adult persuasion, best-selling writer Grisham turns to a lawyer who is only 13. Well, Theo Boone hasn't taken the bar, but he offers advice to his friends, hangs out at the courthouse, and watches Perry Mason reruns. Things turn serious, however, when a witness to a murder, a young illegal immigrant, comes to Theo with evidence. The trial is in full swing, and it looks like the defendant will walk unless Theo comes forward. But he's promised the young man he will keep his identity confidential. What should he do? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Theodore Boone: The Abduction (John Grisham) - Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure and the stakes are higher than ever. When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone--who knows April better than anyone--has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Theodore Roosevelt for Kids: His Life and Times, 21 Activities (Kerrie Logan Hollihan) - Part of the “For Kids” series, this biography combines hands-on craft activities and games (“start a penny collection”; “make a campaign button”) with the life story of Theodore Roosevelt and the political history of his time. The combination does not always work: it is jarring to read a boxed section on “How to make a yummy chocolate éclair” opposite the account of the bombing of the warship Maine. And while kids may enjoy the chatty interactive tone, they likely won't have the background to fully grasp the details about political campaigning and foreign policy, which seemed aimed at a much older audience. What works best here is the lively account of Roosevelt's progressive campaigns for fair pay, restrictions on child labor, control of big business, and his pioneer role in conservation, including his efforts to save the Grand Canyon. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Theodore: The Adventures of a Smudgy Bear (Edward Ormondroyd) - Theodore loves Lucy even though she’s often careless with him. He’s an old experienced bear, comfortably smudgy, and he knows that it’s part of a bear’s life to be forgotten in a closet now and then. But when he’s accidentally mixed in with the laundry and gets washed and dried, he’s suddenly so shiny-clean that Lucy doesn’t recognize him. He needs to figure out a way to get himself smudgy and bearish again! Theodore is a classic, universal story of a stuffed animal’s adventures—a precursor to Corduroy and Knuffle Bunny. More than forty years after its original publication date, it’s as fresh and endearing as ever, with help from Juli Kangas’s happy, candy-colored new illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Theodore

    Famous People Named Theodore

    Famous People Named Theodore - Theodore Roosevelt (U.S. President); Theodore Roethke (poet); Théodore Rousseau (French painter); Theodore Dreiser (American novelist); Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss/children’s book author); Théodore Géricault (French painter); Theodore Kaczynski (American “Unabomber”); Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent (musician); Theodore Sturgeon (sci-fi author); Theodore Samuel “Ted” Williams (baseball player); Theodore Shaw "Teddy" Wilson (jazz pianist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Theodore

    Children of Famous People Named Theodore

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Theodore - Ali Larter (actress); Bryce Dallas Howard (actress); Theodore Roosevelt (U.S. President); Thomas Edison (inventor)

  • Historic Figures

    Theodore - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Theodore Roosevelt (27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919) - There’s no two ways about it: Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was one of the greatest American Presidents of all time. Elected at the age of 43, he became (at that time) the youngest man ever elected to the High Office and the 26th President of this great country. He is most known for his strength of character, progressive reforms and strong foreign policies. He considerably broadened the executive powers and arguably changed the Oval Office forever. Born into a wealthy family in New York, poor Teddy suffered from asthma and weak health as a child. After overcoming his ailments through disciplined exercise and determination, Roosevelt would go on to lead a strenuous, courageous and adventurous life. He was a stand-out hero during the Spanish-American War which gave way to his political life. He ascended the Presidency accidentally when McKinley was shot, but he took to the challenge with his typical zest and flair. He once famously uttered these words: “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far.” Roosevelt made many enemies as the “Trust-busting” president (breaking up railroad and corporate monopolies). He is also notable for the construction of the Panama Canal, mediating the Russo-Japanese War and for his substantial environmental conservations. Lackluster politicians of our day could stand to learn a few lessons from this great man.

Personality of the Boy Name Theodore

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Theodore

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