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What does Jed mean?

Jed Pronunciation of Jed [jed] as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jed is "beloved of the Lord". Short form of Jedidiah. Has a certain rustic aura due to the character Jed Clampitt on the popular TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies".

Associated with: popular (famous).


Jed has 2 variants: Jedd and Jedediah.

Creative forms:
(male) Jad, Jaed, ..

(female) Jene, Jeti, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jed Yusuf (J.Y.), ..

How popular is Jed?

Jed is a somewhat popular first name for males (#961 out of 1220, Top 79%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Jed was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak rank of #587 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #1906. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jed name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jed outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Jed (#1906 via latest list) are Jedidiah (#716 via latest list) and Jedediah. Adoption of these forms of Jed was at its highest less than a decade ago and has remained as conventional to this day. Jedidiah is the most fashionable birth name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jed, Jedediah, Jedidiah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jed and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jed is alike in pronunciation to Gide, Jade, Jaide, Jayde, Joed, Jud, Judd and Jude. Other recommended names are Aed, Ced, Ged, Je-, Jeb, Jeh, Jem, Jet, Ned, Ted and Zed. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jed.

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