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Theodoric is a Germanic given name frequently encountered in early medieval European history. Variant spellings include forms such as Theoderic, Theudoric, Theuderic, or Theuderich. It is derived from Proto-Germanic[1] þeudo ("people") and rīks ("ruler").[2]

Common German language forms of the name include Dietrich, Dieter and Dirk (disambiguation); the English, Derek; the Dutch, Dirk (disambiguation), Diederik, or Dierik; the Norwegian, Tjodrik. In Romance languages, the French form is Thierry (from which another English form Terry derives); the Italian and Spanish, Teodorico. The name of the English Tudor royal dynasty is derived from the Welsh Tudur, which is in turn probably derived from the Celtic Teutorigos, which is cognate with Theodoric and carries much the same meaning.

The name is not to be confused with Theodore, derived from the Greek Θεόδωρος (Theodōros), meaning 'God-gift'.

Well-known bearers of the name Theodoric include:

Notes

  1. ^ The Proto-Germanic forms are reconstructions. In Gothic they appear as þiuda and reiks respectively.
  2. ^ The latter form was probably borrowed from Celtic; cf. Ambiorix, Argetorix.

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Theodoric
Gender Male
Meaning ruler of the people
Region of origin Germany
Language of origin German
Alternative spelling Theoderic, Theudoric, Theuderic, Theuderich

Theodoric is a Germanic given name frequently encountered in early medieval European history. Variant spellings include forms such as Theoderic, Theudoric, Theuderic, or Theuderich. It is derived from Proto-Germanic[1] þeudo ("people") and rīks ("ruler").[2]

Common German language forms of the name include Dietrich, Dieter and Dirk (disambiguation); the English, Derek; the Dutch, Dirk (disambiguation), Diede, Diederik, or Dierik; the Norwegian, Tjodrik. In Romance languages, the French form is Thierry (from which another English form Terry derives); the Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, Teodorico. The name of the English Tudor royal dynasty is derived from the Welsh Tudur, which is in turn probably derived from the Celtic Teutorigos, which is cognate with Theodoric and carries much the same meaning.

The name is not to be confused with Theodore, derived from the Greek Θεόδωρος (Theodōros), meaning 'God-gift'.

Well-known bearers of the name Theodoric include:

Notes

  1. ^ The Proto-Germanic forms are reconstructions. In Gothic they appear as þiuda and reiks respectively.
  2. ^ The latter form was probably borrowed from Celtic; cf. Ambiorix, Argetorix.

References


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