Teddy

Origin: Greek, Old English

Meaning: Teddy is often used as a nickname for Theodore, a masculine name derived from Greek Theodoros meaning “gift of God” or “God’s gift” from Greek elements theos (God) and doron (gift).

Teddy could also be a nickname for Theodora, the feminine form of Theodore, making it a unisex name.

It’s also been used as a nickname for Edward, an English masculine name composed from Old English elements ead (wealth, fortune) and weard (guard, guardian) meaning “wealthy guard” or “rich guard/guardian”.

Teddy is also a word, referring to a woman’s one piece undergarment, as well as referring to a teddy bear, a plush toy bear that got its name from the 26th President Theodore Roosevelt, because he apparently refused to shoot a bear cub on a hunting trip.

Variants:

  • Teddie
  • Theodore
  • Theodora
  • Edward

 

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