Origin: Greek Θεοφιλος
Meaning: “love of God.”
Eng (thee-AHF-ə-ləs); Fre (TAY-o-FEEL); Grk (THAY-oh-FEE-lose)
The name is derived from a theophoric Greek name composed of the elements, theos θεος (god) and philos φιλος (love), hence: “love of God.” It is the Greek cognate to the Latin, Amadeus.
It was a common name in pre-Christian Greece and appears in the New Testament as the name of a person that the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles address. It is argued that this was actually a title used to refer to Christian followers in general, others argue that it was indeed the name of one actual person. As to who exactly Theophilus was is shrouded in mystery. Many different Biblical scholars have their own ideas and common theories include that he was either a Roman official, or Theophilus ben Ananus, who was the High Priest at the Temple of Jerusalem during that time, or even the lawyer of St. Paul.
The name was borne by several Byzantine personages, including an Emperor, a famous astrologer and a scientist.
In the English-speaking world, the name was used in Medieval England, it was borne by Theophilus Presbyter (1072-1125), a Benedictine monk a wrote a medieval guide to several medias of art. Theophilus also experienced a vogue among the Puritans of the 17th-century.
As of 2009, its French form of Théophile was the 343rd most popular male name.
Other forms of the name include:
- Teofil Теофил (Bulgarian/Hungarian/Polish/Russian)
- Theophilus (Dutch/English/Latin)
- Théophile (French)
- Theofil (German)
- Theophilos (Greek)
- Teofilo (Italian)
- Teófilo (Portuguese)
- Teofilus (Scandinavian)
- Teófilo (Spanish)
- Feófil Фео́філ (Russian/Ukrainian)