Is Theodore overdone?

Hey Berries,

We’re tossing up names for [name_u]Baby[/name_u] #4 and keep coming back to [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] (nn [name_u]Theo[/name_u] or [name_u]Teddy[/name_u]). The thing is I really am not very fond of uber popular names. (Having been in a class of 15 and sharing the same name with 3 others will have that effect!)

I know [name_u]Theo[/name_u] has gotten very popular in recent years. I know at least 4 little [name_u]Theo[/name_u]'s/Ted’s and I don’t live in a very big town!

Is it a bit overdone? Does it matter hugely?

I don’t think it is overused. It’s a classic and classics don’t get overused.
However, it is up to you to decide whether it matters or not. It’s a personal preference. I’d say go for it if you truly love it.

I don’t think so. It is a classic that isn’t used any more that your eldest’s name.

I wouldn’t say it’s hugely popular (though of course it depends on where you live).

I personally haven’t met any children named [name_m]Theodore[/name_m], only one man in his 40s.

I have heard it a fair amount over the last few years, but I say if you love the name it doesn’t matter at all

When we chose [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] it wasn’t popular. And it certainly has become popular in the last few years. Although in saying that, there’s none in his school.

There’s a [name_u]Theo[/name_u] in his class however. And a Ted who is a brother of one of his friends.

I’m trying to figure out if I care enough that it’s gotten popular. It’s a gorgeous name and it fits well with our other kiddies. Need to think about it I guess.

I don’t think it’s overused. It’s #99 in the US, but if you think of how many children are actually born, it’s not that many who actually get named [name_m]Theodore[/name_m].

It’s lovely. Not uncommon no, but not too popular either. If you like all the potential nicknames, you could always pick a different one if he does end up with a [name_u]Theo[/name_u] or a Ted in his class. I don’t think it’s a big deal at all. It does fit really well with your other children’s names. My other favourite from your signature is [name_m]Felix[/name_m], and that goes wonderfully well too. Or how about [name_m]Tobias[/name_m], nn [name_u]Toby[/name_u]?

Yikes I’m the first one to have a different opinion huh?
I reaaaally hate popular names and if you do too -and for the right reasons it seems! poor you!- then you wouldnt want that for your son
there are plenty variations/classical and charming names you could use
though if you do chose theodore it wouldnt be that bad at all!

unfortunately for me it is. I’m in the uk and not only have people I know of used the name, it’s also been used by british “celebs” so it’s very much on everyones radar now. I’m still considering using it as a middle name, but have ruled it out as a first.

I don’t think so personally, the only Theodores I personally know are a bit older (in their twenties), but that’s clearly not the case for you. I feel like the multiple nicknames would even it out a bit more (You could also try [name_m]Ned[/name_m], [name_m]Eddie[/name_m], [name_m]Thor[/name_m], [name_u]Rory[/name_u], [name_m]Tod[/name_m] or [name_f]Tory[/name_f], but that’s up to you).

I say go for it! I don’t think it’s overused…and [name_u]Teddy[/name_u] is so cute!

I’ve never met a [name_m]Theodore[/name_m].

It’s definitely Nameberry-popular :wink: but in real life, I dunno. I’ve never met one, but I don’t like in your area. If you just know a couple of kids who are a few years older than your boy would be, then I don’t find it a huge deal because he wouldn’t have to deal with them too much.

I’ve yet to meet one

I’ve yet to meet one.

I worry about this too! I only know one baby [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] through work. I wish it wasn’t as popular but I think I like it enough not to care.

I don’t know if I care enough about the popularity of it not to use it. I’ve always loved it and keep coming back to it. Thanks for all the feedback!