What does Ted mean?
Ted \ted\ as a boys' name is pronounced ted. It is of English origin. Short form of Theodore (Greek) "God's gift" or Edward (Old English) "wealthy guard". 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 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.
Ted is a very prominent first name for men (#240 out of 1220, Top 20%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (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 Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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 listed in the Top 1000. Usage of this boy name was at its peak during the years 1950-1959 and has become significantly lower since, 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, with Theo having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.