Theodore has its roots in ancient Greek and has been recorded as early as the 3rd century. Before that time, Theodorus and Theodoros can be found. It's the name of several saints, and was popular among early Christians as well as American settlers in the 1800s.
When President Theodore Roosevelt was elected in 1901, many parents named for their sons after him. He was well liked, and his hobbies of hunting and experience as a rancher gave him and his name a distinct masculine persona.
Today, Theodore is getting a second look because of its old-fashioned feel and connection to history, philosophy, and religion. It's one of the more accessible names beginning with the "th" sound and comes with a few great nicknames. Statistics show it's been slowly gaining some momentum since 2008. In 2011, it was ranked at 231.
Theo is a variation that has definitely been gaining interest lately and some autonomy since it came to our attention in the 80s on The Cosby Show. I'd say Theodore's short forms are all ripe for a little bit of a revival.
Celebrity Babies Named Theodore
- Actress Ali Larter's son
- Actress Natascha McElhone's son
- Actor Seth Gabel and actress Bryce Howard's son
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