Theodora is a female Greek name, the female respective of the name Theodoros. The name Theodora also has its roots and origins in the ancient years, but became common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by several empresses including the influential wife of Justinian in the 6th century.

female greek name theodora

Sound of name Theodora: The-o-dó-ra

Male Version of name Theodora: Theodoros

Nameday of Theodora: February 17th and September 11th

Origin of name Theodora – Agia Theodora

Since the name Theodora is the female version of name Theodoros it is also associated with Agios Theodoros,  therefore the nameday of Theodora is on February 17th.

However, the name Theodora is also associated with a woman who lived in Alexandria. Theodora was married to a very wise man but at a moment of weakness she cheated on him. Regrets and remorses hit her and she prayed hardly to God. She decided to find peace, going to a monastery. She dressed as a man and took the name Theodoros. Two years later, “Theodoros” was accused to have sexual relationships with a woman, because a woman came and left a baby outside the doors of the monastery. Theodora took the baby to bring it up and lived with it in the streets. She died seven years later, tormented by the bad conditions; the monks discovered her gender and prayed to God for her soul. The Greek Orthodox Church declared her a saint, celebrating her memory and nameday on September 11th.

Nicknames deriving from name Theodora

Theodora features a few nicknames and diminutives, such as Dora, Ritsa, Theodoroula, Roula, Thea, Ntora, Thodoula.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Theodora

Theodora is smart and capable of handling serious cases. She is not very pleasant with people she doesn’t like. She knows how to fight for her beliefs.

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