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". 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.
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%) 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. during 1930-1939, 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. 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. Usage of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.6031%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.2831%, down 53.1%), 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, and there is a resurgence in birth name popularity for Theo. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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.