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What does Teddy mean?

Teddy Pronunciation of Teddy 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), a derivative of Ted (Greek, Old English), a form of Theobald (Old German), and a form of Theodore (Greek).


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, greek, wealthy, protector (defender), friend, gift, brave


VARIANTS Teddie, Teddey

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA EDMUND, EDWARD, EDWIN, TED, THEOBALD, THEODORE Eddy, Fedor, Ned, Neddie, Neddy, Teador, Tedd, Tedor, Tedric, Teodor, Todor, Tudor

(male) Taddy, ..

(female) Tedday, ..

Teddy Isael (T.I.), ..

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 #1647. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Theodore (#44 IN 2018), Edward (#169), Edwin (#332), Edmund (#1137), Eddy (#1485), Ned, Ted, Tedd and Teddie are the prominent varying forms of Teddy (#1647) ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Teddy were popular as birth names 138 years ago (AVERAGE #855) and have become much less widespread since (#1281, DOWN 78%), with versions such as Ted falling out of fashion. Theodore is the most chic baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Teddy, Eddy, Edmund, Edward, Edwin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ned, Ted, Tedd, Teddie, Theodore in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Teddy is pronounced similarly to Tadao, Taddeo, Tadeo, Tadi and Tadio. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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