What does Teddy mean?
Teddy [ted-dy] as a boys' name is of Old English, Old German and Greek derivation, and the name Teddy means "wealthy protector; wealthy guard; wealthy friend; God's gift; wealthy guard; brave people". Teddy is a version of Edmund (Old English). Teddy is also a variation of Edward (Old English). Teddy is also used as a derivative of Edwin (Old English), Ted (Greek, Old English), Theobald (Old German) and Theodore (Greek).
(male) Taddy, Tendy, ..
(female) Tedday, Teddea, .. Middle name pairings:
Teddy Glenn (T.G.), ..
How popular is Teddy?
Teddy is a very popular first name for males (#505 out of 1220, Top 41%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#58999 out of 150436, Top 39%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Teddy entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #260 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is currently at #1708. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Theodore (#99 in 2015), Edward (#158), Edwin (#311), Edmund (#1109), Eddy (#1433), Teddie, Ned, Ted and Tedd are the prominent varying forms of Teddy (#1708 in 2015) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Teddy were popular as birth names 135 years ago (average #855) and have become much less widespread since (#1281, down 84%), with versions such as Ted falling out of fashion.
Teddy▼ is pronounced similarly to Tadao, Taddeo, Tadeo, Tadi and Tadio. Other suggested similar names are Addy, Buddy▼, Cuddy, Ferdy, Freddy, Laddy, Maddy, Paddy, Roddy, Tadd, Tandy, Tenny, Terry▼, Thady and Todd▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Teddy.See names in meaning and etymology.