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The Welsh name Theodore comes from the personal name Tudur, an ancient Celtic name of unknown meaning. It is thought that the name, especially the form Tewdwr, may have also emerged as a Welsh version of the Latin Theodorus.

Theodore Early Origins



The surname Theodore was first found in Herefordshire, where Tudor Trevor was Lord of Hereford, Whittington, and both Maelors. He was founder of the Tribe of the Marches, born in Denbigh, son of Ynyr Ap Cadforch, whose descendants intermarried with the distinguished families of North Wales.

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Theodore Spelling Variations


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Theodore Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Theodore has occasionally been spelled Tudor, Tudyr Tuder, Tudar and others.

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Theodore Early History


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Theodore Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Theodore research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1406, 1400, 1411, 1400, 1401, 1486, 1502, 1499, 1500, 1503 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Theodore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Theodore Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Theodore Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Maredydd ap Tudur (Meredith Tudor) (died 1406), Welsh soldier and nobleman from the Tudor family of Penmynydd and Owen Tudor's father, supported the 1400 Welsh uprising of his first cousin Owain Glyndwr, following the demise of Glyndwr's revolt, much of the...

Another 212 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Theodore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Theodore:

Theodore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Theodore, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Amherst Theodore, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1852

Theodore Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Michel Theodore, who arrived in Montreal in 1653

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Contemporary Notables of the name Theodore (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Theodore (post 1700)



  • Theodore Theodore, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1948
  • Nick Andrew Theodore, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate 3rd District, 1967-68
  • Millard E. Theodore, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 2nd District, 1930-34
  • King Kassai Theodore (1816-1868), king of Abyssinia

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Theodore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Theodore Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2015 at 13:54.

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