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". 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.
(male) Terd, Tied, ..
(female) Tedea, Tedna, ..
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, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a graphed study of the statistics of Ted and associated names. Ed, Eddy (#1433 last year), Edgar (#317), Edmund (#1109), Edward (#158), Edwin (#311), Ned, Tedd, Teddie, Teddy (#1708), Theo (#408) and Theodore (#99) are the prominent related forms of Ted. Adoption of these relations of Ted was at its peak 135 years ago (average #716) and has become significantly lower since (#1195, ▼84%), with forms such as Edwin becoming less trendy. Edward has been the recurring favorite, though Theodore is currently higher in the list.