[ 4 syll. (t)heo-do-ra, th-eod-ora ] The baby girl name Theodora is pronounced -THiy-ah-DOWR-ah in English †. Theodora's language of origin is Old Greek. It is predominantly used in English, German, and Greek. The meaning of Theodora is 'gift of god'. It is a biblical name derived from theos meaning 'god' ; doron 'gift'. An older form of the name is Theodora (Old Greek). This is of the same origin as Dorothea, representing a reverse order of its Greek elements. It was borne by several Byzantine empresses, including the 9th-century Queen Theodora, the wife of the emperor Theophilus the Iconoclast. The name was adopted by English speakers in the 17th century. Theodora is the feminine version of the English, French, and Greek Theodore.
The name Theodora is widely used; it has 39 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of Theodora include Dasia, Tedda, Teddea, Teddee, Teddey, Teddie, Tedre, Teodory, Teodozji, Téa, Thaddea, Thadine, Theadora, Thedorsha, Thedrica, Thedya, Thekla, Theodorah, Theodoria, Theodorian, Theodorra, Theodosia, and Theodra. Other English variants include the contracted forms Dora (also used in French, German, Italian, and Spanish), Tea (also used in Finnish, German, Italian, Scandinavian, and Slavic), Tedra, Theda (also used in German, and Scandinavian), and Theo, and the familiar form Teddy.
Forms used in foreign languages include Fedora (Italian and Russian), Fenja (Russian), Feodora (Russian), Feodoriya (Russian), Teodora (Czech, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Scandinavian, Slavic, and Spanish), Teodóra (Hungarian), Theodore (German), and Todorka (Slavic). The contracted form Thea (German), and the familiar form Teddi (Greek) are other foreign variants.
See also the related form, the English Dorothy.
Theodora is an uncommon baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1937, 0.015% of baby girls were named Theodora. It was #508 in rank then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is currently used only on a very modest scale. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Theodora, Thea was the most popular.
Baby names that sound like Theodora include Theodorah, Theodorra, Theodoria, and Theodra.
† Pronunciation for Theodora: TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"