Origin of the name THEUDAS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name THEUDAS.
Hunter makes this name Greek, from Hebrew Todah (see excerpt
below). But Fallows makes it an Aramaic form of Greek Theodotos
(q.v.), meaning "God-given." (The Popular and Critical Bible
Encyclopaedia and Scriptural Dictionary, Fallows, v.3, 1911).
Either way, it is probably a sacrifice to God of "praise" or
from Heb. Todah = "confession," "thanksgiving," "praise"
A rebel who arose some time
before the enrolment mentioned by St. Luke (Luke ii. 1-3). He had
400 adherents, but he was slain and his followers scattered (Acts v.
36). The difference of date shows that he was not the same Theudas
as the one mentioned by Josephus (Antiq. XX. v. 1) as having professed
his ability to cross the Jordan miraculously, and as having been
captured and beheaded under the procuratorship of Cuspius Fadus (A.D. 44
to 46). (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter, 1894)