The name Theodore is of Greek origin and means "Divine Gift." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Common nicknames for Theodore include Ted, Teddy, and Theo. The “teddy bear” was named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. Other famous Theodores spelled without the “e” include German philosopher Theodor Adorno and Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Suess. Theodor Herzl was a European journalist and founder of modern Zionism. Theodore Dreiser was an American author and Theodore “Ted” Nugent is an American musician. Theodore "Theo" Van Gogh was the younger brother of artst Vincent. Fictional characters named Theodore include one of the Chipmunks in Alvin and the Chipmunks. Theodore "Theo" Huxtable was a character on The Cosby Show and Theodore Bagwell was a character on Prison Break.