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Theodore


Gender: Masculine
Language
: English
Etymology:
Theodore is the English form of a Greek name, Theodoros. Originally it meant “Gift of God” from “theos” (god) and “doron” (gift).

History:
Theodore has always been a very common name among members of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Though a great favorite in Russia, Theodore was rare in England before the 17th century. It became more common in the 19th century.

Pronunciation: THEE-oh-dorr.

Diminutives: Tad, Ted, Teddy, Theo, Dode.
Finnish: Teuvo.
French: Terry.
Hawaiian: Keka, Keki.

Alternates: Theodorus, Diodore, Dorotheus.
Dutch: Theodoor.
French: Théodore.
French (Cajun): Theirn.
German: Theodor.
Greek (Modern): Theodoros.
Hawaiian: Keokolo.
Italian: Teodoro.
Latin: Diodorus.
Polish: Teodor, Dorofiej, Dorota.
Russian: Feder, Fëdor, Feodor, Fyoder, Fyodor.
Spanish: Teodoro, Doroteo.
Welsh: Twedwr.

Surnames:
French: Doret, Dorin.
German: Joder.
Italian: Teodori, Teodoro, Toderi, Todeo, Toderini, Todarini.
Polish: Teodorski, Fedorski, Fedynski.
Portuguese: Teodoro.
Swiss: Joder.
Ukrainian: Tedorenko, Fedoronko, Fedorchenko, Fedorchik, Fedorchak, Fesenko.
Welsh: Tudor, Tudur.

Feminine: Theodora, Dorothy.

See also: Ted.

Famous Bearers:
Artists and Authors:
Theodore Prodromus (?-1166)
Byzantine writer.
Theodor de Bry (1528-1598)
German engraver.
Théodore-Agripppa d’Aubigné (1552-1630)
French poet.
Theodore Edward Hook (1788-1841)
English playwright.
Théodore Géricault (1791-1824)
French painter.
Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev (1803-1873)
Russian writer.
Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867)
French painter.
Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856)
French painter.
Theodor Fontane (1819-1898)
German writer.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)
Russian novelist.
Théodore de Banville (1823-1891)
French poet.
Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915)
Polish pianist.
Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)
American novelist.
Theodor Däubler (1876-1934)
German poet.
Fyodor Vasilyevich Gladkov (1883-1958)
Russian writer.
Theodor Plievier (1892-1955)
German novelist.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)
Otherwise known as Dr. Seuss.
Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
American poet.
Teodor Parnicki (1908-1988)
Polish novelist.
Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985)
American writer. Wrote for Star Trek.
Fyodor Abramov (1920-1983)
Russian writer.

Educators, Scholars, and Social Workers:
Diodorus Siculus (1st century)
Greek historian.
Diodorus Cronus (4th century)
Greek philosopher. Supposedly died of shame.
Theodore of Mopsuestia
(350-428)
Syrian theologian.
Theodorus Lector (6th century)
Greek historian.
Dorotheus (6th century)
Codifier of Roman law.
Theodore of Rhaithu (7th century
Theologian.
Theodore Balsamon (1105-1195)
Byzantine legal scholar.
Theodore Beza (1519-1605)
French scholar.
Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel (1741-1796)
German philosopher.
Theodore Dwight Woolsey (1801-1889)
American educator. President of Yale from 1846 to 1871.
Theodor Benfey (1809-1881)
German linguist.
Theodor Mommsen (1817-1903)
German historian. Winner of the 1902 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Theodor von Sickel (1826-1908)
German historian.
Theodore L. De Vinne (1828-1914)
American scholar.
Theodor Nöldeke (1836-1930)
German Orientalist and linguist.
Theodore Baker (1851-1934)
American music scholar.
Fyodor Ippolitovich Shcherbatskoy (1866-1942)
Russian scholar, specialized in Buddhist philosophy.
Theodor Julius Geiger (1891-1952)
German sociologist.
Theodore William Schultz (1902-1998)
American economist. Co-winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Economics.
Theodore H. White (1915-1986)
American journalist.

Miscellaneous:
Baron Theodor Neuhof (1694-1756)
German adventurer. Called himself King of Corisca.
Count Fyodor Petrovich Litke (1797-1882)
Russian explorer of the Arctic.
Fedor von Bock (1880-1945)
German military figure.

Political Figures:
Theodore Metochites (1260-1332)
Byzantine prime minister.
Fyodor Alekseyevich Golovin (1650-1706)
Russian statesman. Advisor to Peter the Great.
Fyodor Vasilyevich Rstopchin (1763-1826)
Russian statesman. Advisor to Tsar Paul.
Theódoros Kolokotrónis (1770-1843)
Greek patriot during the War for Greek Independence.
Theódoros Dhiliyiánnis (1826-1905)
Five time Prime Minister of Greece.
Theodore Fink (1855-1942)
Australian politician.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
26th President of the United States.
Theodor Herzl (1860-1904)
Founder of the political form of Zionism.
Theodor Körner (1873-1957)
Presdient of the Second Austrian Republic.
Theodore G. Bilbo (1877-1947)
Racist American politician.
Theódoros Pangalos (1878-1952)
Dictator of Greece for eight months.
Theodor Heuss (1884-1963)
First presdient of West Germany.

Religious Figures:
Saint Theodore of Canterbury (602-690)
First archbishop over all of England.
Saint Theodore Studities (759-826)
Opposed iconoclasm.
Theodore I (?-649)
Pope from 642 to 649.
Theodore II
(7th century)
Antipope.
Theodore II (?-897)
Pope for 20 days in 897.

Royalty:
Theodore I Lascaris (1174-1221)
First emperor of Nicaea.
Theodore II Lascaris (1222-1258)
Byzantine Emperor of Nicaea.
Tsar Fyodor I of Russia (1557-1598)
Last of the Rurik dynasty.
Tsar Fyodor II of Russia (1589-1605)
He and his mother were overthrown and mudered by a mob.
Tsar Fyodor III of Russia
(1661-1682)
Ruled from 1676 to 1682. Succeeded by his two brothers, Ivan V, and Peter the Great.

Scientists:
Theodor Schwann (1810-1882)
German physiologist. Founded modern histology.
Theodor Billroth (1829-1894)
Viennese founder of modern abdominal surgery.
Theodor Lipps (1851-1914)
German psychologist.
Theodor Heinrich Boveri (1862-1915)
German cytologist.
Theodore William Richards (1868-1928)
American chemist. Winner of the 1914 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Theodore von Kármán (1881-1963)
American scientist. Worked in mathematics, aeronautics, and astronautics.
Theodor H.E. Svedberg (1884-1971)
Swedish chemist. Winner of the 1926 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Theodore Christian Schneirla
(1902-1968)
American animal psychologist.
Feodor Lynen (1911-1979)
German biochemist. Co-winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Theodore Alvin Hall (1925-1999)
American physicist and spy for the Russians.
Theodore H. Mainman (1927-)
American physicist.

Singers and Entertainers:
Feodor Chaliapin (1873-1938)
Russian opera singer.
Theodore Bikel (1924-1938)
Austrian-born, American singer.


Popularity:
Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
0.123 % named Theodore
0.064 % named Ted
0.018 % named Teddy
0.005 % named Tad
0.005 % named Teodoro
0.005 % named Theo

Popularity of Theodore:
Popularity (for newborns)
:
In the United States...
1900-1910: 42nd most popular.
1910-1920: 63rd most popular.
1920-1930: 67th most popular.
1930-1940: 82nd most popular.
1940-1950: 101st most popular.
1950-1960: 118th most popular.
1960-1970: 154th most popular.
1970-1980: 193rd most popular.
1980-1990: 215th most popular.
1990: 239th most popular.
1991: 258th most popular.
1992: 266th most popular.
1993: 282nd most popular.
1994: 292nd most popular.
1995: 285th most popular.
1996: 293rd most popular.
1997: 287th most popular.
1998: 292nd most popular.
1999: 312th most popular.
2001: 313th most popular.
2001: 307th most popular.
2002: 301st most popular.
2003: 313th most popular.

In France...
1900: 81st most popular.
1910: 81st most popular.
1920: 115th most popular.
1930: 115th most popular.
1940: 152nd most popular.
1948: 181st most popular.
1950-2000: N/A

Popularity of Tad
:
Popularity (for newborns):
In the United States...
1900-1950: N/A
1950-1960: 932nd most popular.
1960-1970: 598th most popular.
1970-1980: 629th most popular.
1980-1990: 977th most popular.
1990-2000: N/A

Popularity of Teodoro
:
Popularity (for newborns):
In the United States...
1900-1910: 867th most popular.
1910-1920: 890th most popular.
1920-1930: 910th most popular.
1930-1940: 764th most popular.
1940-1950: 905th most popular.
1950-2000: N/A

Popularity of Theo:
Popularity (for newborns):
In the United States...
1900-1910: 449th most popular.
1910-1920: 613th most popular.
1920-1930: 674th most popular.
1930-1940: 826th most popular.
1940-2000: N/A



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