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What does Ted mean?

Ted /ted/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name is pronounced ted. It is of Greek and Old English origin, and the meaning of Ted is "God's gift; wealthy guard".

Short form of Theodore or Edward. Tedrick is a variant of the old German name Theodoric, "people's ruler". Tedman refers to Saint Edmund. Newscaster Ted Koppel; actor Ted Danson.


Ted has 6 variants: Tedd, Teddey, Teddie, Teddy, Tedric and Tedrick.

Affiliated boy names: Edgar, Edwin and Theobald.

Ted has 24 more related forms via Edmund, Edward, Theodore, Theodoric: Derek, Dirk, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edik, Fedor, Feodor, Lalo, Ned, Neddie, Odon, Rick, Teador, Tedor, Teodoor, Teodor, Teodoro, Thedric, Theo, Theodon, Theodor, Todor and Tudor.

Kreatif forms: Teddo, Tedti, Tited. [more]

How popular is Ted?

Ted is a very prominent first name for men (#240 out of 1220, Top 20%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#65862 out of 150436, Top 44%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ted for boys. Ted reached its highest rank of #155 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ted name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Ted and associated names. Derek (#205 last year), Dirk, Ed, Eddie (#590), Eddy, Edgar (#300), Edmund, Edward (#160), Edwin (#297), Ned, Rick, Teddy, Teodoro, Theo (#509), Theodor and Theodore (#126) are the prominent related forms of Ted. Usage of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.6031%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.2831%, down 53.1%), with forms such as Eddie, Edgar, Edwin, Ted and Teddy becoming somewhat dated. Derek (#205) and Theo (#509) are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this compilation, and there is a resurgence in birth name popularity for Theo. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ted, Derek, Dirk, Ed, Eddie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eddy, Edgar, Edmund, Edward, Edwin in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ned, Rick, Teddy, Teodoro, Theo, Theodore in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Theodor, Theodore outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ted is alike in pronunciation to Tad, Tadd, Tod and Todd. Other recommended similar baby names are Aed, Ced, Ged, Jed, Tadi, Teo, Tex, Thad and Zed. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ted.