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What does Ted mean?

Ted Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: greek, old english, gift, wealthy, guard (defender), old, ruler (king), saint.


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

Affiliated boy names: Edgar, Edwin and Theobald.

10 more related forms via Edmund, Edward, Theodore, Theodoric: Ed, Eddy, Fedor, Ned, Teador, Tedor, Teodor, Theo, Todor and Tudor.

Creative forms:
(male) Terd, Tied, ..

(female) Tedi, Tra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ted Easton (T.E.), ..

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)

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ted name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ted, Ed, Eddy, Edgar, Edmund in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edward, Edwin, Ned, Tedd, Teddie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Teddy, Theo, Theodore in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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

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