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".
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. in the 1930s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Ted and associated names. Ed, Eddy, Edgar (#300 last year), Edmund, Edward (#160), Edwin (#297), Ned, Teddy, Theo (#509) and Theodore (#126) are the prominent related forms of Ted. Adoption of these relations of Ted was at its peak during the years 1910-1919 (average #307) and has become significantly lower since (#672, ▼53%), with forms such as Edgar, Edwin, Ned, Ted and Teddy becoming somewhat dated. Edward has been the recurring favorite, though Theodore is currently higher in the list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)