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

For more information, see also related boy names Edgar, Edwin and Theobald.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ted name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Derek, Dirk, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edgar, Edmund, Edward, Edwin, Ned in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rick, Ted, Teddy, Teodoro, Theo, Theodore in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Theodor, Theodore outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.