theodore

Last name origin & meaning:

French (Théodore) and English: from the personal name Théodore (Greek Theodōros, a compound of theos ‘God’ + dōron ‘gift’), which was relatively popular in the Middle Ages because of its auspicious meaning. There was considerable confusion with the Germanic personal name Theodoric (see Terry). As an American family name, it has also absorbed various other European cognates, e.g. Greek Theodorakis, Theodoropoulos.

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