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As theophoric name (of Greek  θεός theós " God " and φέρειν pherein "bear") are terms referred that contain a name of God. This mainly includes personal names and place names. We encounter such names in many cultures. Several names from the Bible in use today are theophore.

Theophoric names

Personal names (selection)




Germanic peoples

  • Thorsten " Thor Stone"
  • Odinkar " Odin Man"


Biblical names

Christian personal names

Christian personal names can be divided into two groups. The first includes names that are formed in a non-Hebrew language and contain the word for God , in German e.g. B. Gottfried , Gottlieb or Gotthilf , or the names Timotheos , Theodor or Dorothea borrowed from the Greek . The second group includes Biblical names that contain the Hebrew word for God (El) or YHWH, e.g. B. Michael , Raphael , Johannes or Elias .

Place names (selection)

There are 86 theophore names of places and waters in Denmark alone.

Theophoric procession

A theophoric procession is a procession in which the deity, an image of a god or a divine symbol is carried along and shown, in Catholicism for example the most holy place in the Corpus Christi procession .