Meaning and name origin
Ted \ted\ as a boy's 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 is a very popular first name for males (#240 out of 1220, Top 20%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ted for boys. Ted reached its highest rank of #155 in the U.S. in 1930-1939 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ted and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Theodore (#126), Edward (#160), Edwin (#297), Edgar (#300), Edmund, Ted and Teddy. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Ted▼ is also pronounced similarly to Tad▼, Tadd, Tod▼ and Todd▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Aed, Ced, Ged, Jed▼, Ned▼, Tadi, Teo, Tex, Thad▼ and Zed. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ted.