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What does Ned mean?

Ned Pronunciation of Ned [ned] as a boys' name is pronounced nad. It is of English origin. Nickname for Edward (Old English) "wealthy guard" or Edmund (Old English) "wealthy protector".

Related boy names: Edgar and Edwin.

Associated with: old, wealthy.


5 alternative forms via Edmund, Edward: Ed, Eddy, Neddie, Ted and Teddy.

2 feminine forms: Neda and Nedra.

Creative forms:
(male) Need, Nerd, ..

(female) Neni, Nete, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ned Draven (N.D.), ..

How popular is Ned?

Ned is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#624 out of 1220, Top 51%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#19976 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Ned reached its peak position of #304 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Edward (#158 from recent data), Edwin (#311), Edgar (#317), Edmund (#1109), Eddy (#1433), Teddy (#1708), Ted and Ed are the popular alternative forms of Ned. These forms of Ned reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 3.04%) and are now much less conventional (usage 0.27%, down 91%), with versions such as Ned becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ned, Ed, Eddy, Edgar, Edmund in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edward, Edwin, Ted, Teddy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Edward, Teddy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ned is alike in pronunciation to Knud. Other suggested similar names are Aed, Ced, Ged, Jed, Ner, Nev and Zed. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ned.