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From: Rebecca <>
Subject: Re: [Ger-Gen] Are Theodore and Dietrich used interchangeably?
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 19:26:53 -0800 (PST)
Don has it right.
The best website I've found so far, for first or given
DEDRICK m German, Dutch
German and Dutch form of THEODORIC
DIEDERICK m German
Low German form of THEODORIC
DIETRICH m German
German form of THEODORIC
Usage: Ancient Germanic
Means "ruler of the people" from the Germanic elements
eud "people" and ric "power". Theodoric the Great was
a 6th-century king of the Ostrogoths who eventually
became the ruler of Italy.
***Not to be confused with
THEODORE (English) / THEODOR (German)
From the Greek name Theodoros, which meant "gift of
god" from Greek theos "god" and doron "gift". This was
the name of several early saints and two popes.
Another famous bearer of this name was American
president Theodore Roosevelt.
--- Lynn Brandvold <> wrote:
> Some researchers on one of my lines which came to
> America in the early
> 1700s from Germany or Barvaria, are claiming that
> the first names
> Theodore and Dietrich are interchangeable. I have
> other German lines
> where the names Dietrich and Theodore are used and
> there is no
> interchangeability, in other words Dietrich is never
> referred to as
> Theodore and vise versa. Has anyone ever come across
> Thanks for any help.
> Lynn Brandvold
> Socorro, NM
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