What does Ted mean?
Ted /ted/ 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".
(male) Terd, Tied, ..
(female) Tedi, Tsa, ..
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. Demographics)
Shown below is the birth name history of Ted for boys. Ted reached its highest rank of #147 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Ted and associated names. Ed, Eddy (#1269 last year), Edgar (#300), Edmund (#1099), Edward (#160), Edwin (#297), Ned, Tedd, Teddie, Teddy (#1978), Theo (#509) and Theodore (#126) are the prominent related forms of Ted. Adoption of these relations of Ted was at its peak 134 years ago (average #716) and has become significantly lower since (#1210, ▼85%), with forms such as Ned becoming less trendy. Edward has been the recurring favorite, though Theodore is currently higher in the list.