Theodore

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Theodore

"Theodore" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Divine Gift". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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From the Ancient Greek Θεόδωρος (Theódōros, “gift of god”).

  1. A male given name; the name of a saint, pope, several emperors and a president.

Theodore was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Theodore

Theodore Roosevelt was a New York State Assembly Minority Leader, 26th President of the United States, 25th Vice President of the United States, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and New York State AssemblyMinority Leader. He holds the title The right of the people to rule" and Address to the Boys Progressive League. His military service ended in 1886. Theodore was born on October 27th, 1858 in New York City, New York, U.S. He passed away on January 6th, 1919.

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Ted Bundy was a murderer. Ted was given the name Theodore Robert Cowell on November 24th, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 24th, 1989.

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Theo James is an actor and musician. He was most active from 2010 to present. Theo was given the name Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis on December 16th, 1984 in Oxford. Theo is also known as Taptiklis and Theodore Peter James Kinnaird.

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Ted Nugent is a hard rock and rock music musician. He plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Gibson Byrdland, Gibson Les Paul, PRS Guitars, Gibson ES-165, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1958. Ted was given the name Theodore Anthony Nugent on December 13th, 1948 in Redford, Michigan, U.S. Ted is also known as The Nuge, Motor City Madman, and Uncle Ted.

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Scott Glenn is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1965. Scott was given the name Theodore Scott Glenn on January 26th, 1941 in Pittsburgh.

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Ted Cassidy was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to 1979. Ted was given the name Theodore Crawford Cassidy on July 31st, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 16th, 1979.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Theodore

Jon Theodore is a progressive rock, experimental rock, stoner rock, and rap rock drummer. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. He has been prominent since 1989. Jon was born on December 30th, 1973.

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Charles Theodore was royalty. He was most prominent from 1742 to 1777. Charles was born as the child of John Christian, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, and Maria Henriette de La Tour d'Auvergne on December 11th, 1724 in Drogenbos. He died on February 16th, 1799.

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His career lasted from 1946 to 1989. Brother was given the name Theodore Gottlieb on November 11th, 1906 in Düsseldorf. He passed away on April 5th, 2001.

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Grand Wizzard Theodore is a musician. Grand was given the name Theodore Livingston on March 5th, 1963 in Bronx, New York United States.

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José Théodore is a soccer player. He was most prominent from 1995 to 2014. José was born on September 13th, 1976 in Laval, Quebec.

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Shea Theodore is a hockey player for the Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2014 to present. Shea was born on August 3rd, 1995 in Langley, British Columbia (district municipality).

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How popular is the baby name Theodore in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 232 0 232 #70 boy name
1881 178 0 178 #78 boy name
1882 232 0 232 #75 boy name
1883 185 0 185 #81 boy name
1884 211 0 211 #81 boy name
1885 199 0 199 #83 boy name
1886 258 0 258 #69 boy name
1887 201 0 201 #82 boy name
1888 249 0 249 #80 boy name
1889 231 0 231 #75 boy name
1890 190 0 190 #89 boy name
1891 224 0 224 #76 boy name
1892 239 0 239 #82 boy name
1893 209 0 209 #90 boy name
1894 241 0 241 #81 boy name
1895 208 0 208 #93 boy name
1896 241 0 241 #82 boy name
1897 215 0 215 #85 boy name
1898 281 0 281 #75 boy name
1899 252 0 252 #78 boy name
1900 429 0 429 #61 boy name
1901 456 6 450 #43 boy name
1902 642 0 642 #34 boy name
1903 668 5 663 #36 boy name
1904 834 0 834 #30 boy name
1905 834 0 834 #33 boy name
1906 693 5 688 #38 boy name
1907 712 0 712 #38 boy name
1908 648 5 643 #47 boy name
1909 603 8 595 #51 boy name
1910 700 8 692 #53 boy name
1911 763 10 753 #56 boy name
1912 1,569 8 1,561 #52 boy name
1913 1,656 6 1,650 #60 boy name
1914 1,936 7 1,929 #64 boy name
1915 2,511 7 2,504 #64 boy name
1916 2,649 8 2,641 #65 boy name
1917 2,820 11 2,809 #63 boy name
1918 3,159 16 3,143 #64 boy name
1919 3,441 17 3,424 #54 boy name
1920 3,235 16 3,219 #63 boy name
1921 3,178 7 3,171 #65 boy name
1922 3,231 14 3,217 #62 boy name
1923 3,176 19 3,157 #62 boy name
1924 3,241 15 3,226 #65 boy name
1925 3,242 15 3,227 #63 boy name
1926 3,145 17 3,128 #63 boy name
1927 3,148 24 3,124 #62 boy name
1928 2,939 25 2,914 #66 boy name
1929 2,935 30 2,905 #65 boy name
1930 2,978 20 2,958 #67 boy name
1931 2,688 20 2,668 #70 boy name
1932 2,688 15 2,673 #67 boy name
1933 2,620 12 2,608 #68 boy name
1934 2,541 18 2,523 #74 boy name
1935 2,440 6 2,434 #79 boy name
1936 2,226 9 2,217 #87 boy name
1937 2,324 11 2,313 #86 boy name
1938 2,371 9 2,362 #84 boy name
1939 2,206 11 2,195 #90 boy name
1940 2,313 7 2,306 #90 boy name
1941 2,337 5 2,332 #95 boy name
1942 2,668 6 2,662 #91 boy name
1943 2,620 5 2,615 #97 boy name
1944 2,584 11 2,573 #96 boy name
1945 2,354 6 2,348
1946 2,617 6 2,611
1947 2,932 5 2,927
1948 2,839 11 2,828
1949 3,047 6 3,041 #100 boy name
1950 2,968 8 2,960 #99 boy name
1951 3,225 7 3,218 #99 boy name
1952 3,275 10 3,265 #100 boy name
1953 2,951 13 2,938
1954 3,086 13 3,073
1955 2,980 7 2,973
1956 2,955 5 2,950
1957 2,766 8 2,758
1958 2,521 15 2,506
1959 2,403 8 2,395
1960 2,397 11 2,386
1961 2,315 15 2,300
1962 2,330 12 2,318
1963 2,394 9 2,385
1964 2,182 10 2,172
1965 2,149 7 2,142
1966 1,913 7 1,906
1967 1,874 13 1,861
1968 1,895 5 1,890
1969 1,958 12 1,946
1970 1,837 8 1,829
1971 1,677 11 1,666
1972 1,422 0 1,422
1973 1,351 8 1,343
1974 1,288 19 1,269
1975 1,205 5 1,200
1976 1,186 13 1,173
1977 1,231 8 1,223
1978 1,228 12 1,216
1979 1,243 7 1,236
1980 1,204 6 1,198
1981 1,145 11 1,134
1982 1,198 6 1,192
1983 1,169 11 1,158
1984 1,074 5 1,069
1985 1,225 16 1,209
1986 1,268 13 1,255
1987 1,228 11 1,217
1988 1,248 9 1,239
1989 1,291 0 1,291
1990 1,230 0 1,230
1991 1,094 0 1,094
1992 1,090 0 1,090
1993 1,035 0 1,035
1994 937 0 937
1995 956 0 956
1996 904 0 904
1997 956 0 956
1998 983 0 983
1999 912 0 912
2000 934 0 934
2001 935 0 935
2002 975 0 975
2003 964 0 964
2004 1,005 0 1,005
2005 1,095 0 1,095
2006 1,133 0 1,133
2007 1,136 0 1,136
2008 1,138 0 1,138
2009 1,239 0 1,239
2010 1,332 0 1,332
2011 1,569 0 1,569
2012 1,947 5 1,942
2013 2,425 0 2,425
2014 3,221 0 3,221
2015 4,136 0 4,136 #99 boy name
2016 4,866 7 4,859 #83 boy name

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Popularity of Theodore as a first name

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Popularity of Theodore as a last name

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Common last names for Theodore

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  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Wilson
  • Nelson
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Peterson
  • White
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Theodore U.S.
  White 50.08% 64.26%
  African American 40.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.96% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.15% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Theodore

People with the last name Theodore are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Theodore

  • How Popular is the name Theodore? Theodore is the 320th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Theodore was the 83rd most popular name. As a last name Theodore was the 7,247th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Theodore have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 231,464 babies born with the first name Theodore in the United States. That's more than enough people named Theodore to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Theodore? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 232 new born babies.
  • When was Theodore first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Theodore is Wednesday, September 20th, 1837.
  • What year had the most people named Theodore born? The highest recorded use of the first name Theodore was in 2016 with a total of 4,859 babies. That's a lot of babies named Theodore!
  • Random Theodore Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Theodore ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 13 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Theodore: Your name in reverse order is Erodoeht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rodteeho. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Theodore? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,601 people with the last name Theodore.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Theodore? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Theodore as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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