Definition - A personal name derived from or including the name of a deity.

1. The idea is to associate the god's name with the human's name so that the god will protect the human. This phenomenon was common in the ancient Middle East and among the Greeks and Romans.

Example -
Zeus Thorson

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek theos, god + phoros, bearer.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1891:
"Such shortened forms of *theophoric names as Ahaz for Jehoahaz."
(Cheyne Orig. Psalter vi. 303)

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