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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ted

"Ted" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Edward or Theodore". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ted
To spread, or turn from the swath, and scatter for drying, as new-mowed grass; -- chiefly used in the past participle.

Etymology: Prob. fr. Icel. te�ja to spread manure, fr. ta� manure; akin to MHG. zetten to scatter, spread. √58. Cf. Teathe

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes
Wiktionary

Shortened form of Edward or Theodore.

  1. A nickname associated with the male given names Edward and Theodore.
  2. (informal) A Teddy boy.

Ted was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Ted

Ted Bundy was a murderer. Ted was given the name Theodore Robert Cowell on November 24th, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 24th, 1989.

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Ted is also known as The Unabomber.

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Ted Cruz is a Solicitor General of Texas. Ted was born on December 22nd, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Ted Kennedy was an office holder. He holds the title Robert Kennedy's eulogy" and And the Dream Shall Never Die". His military service ended in 1953. Ted was given the name Edward Moore Kennedy on February 22nd, 1932 in Boston. He left this life on August 25th, 2009.

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Ted Danson is an actor, author, and producer. His ongoing career started in 1975. Ted was given the name Edward Bridge Danson III on December 29th, 1947 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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Ted Turner is a media tycoon. Ted was given the name Robert Edward Turner III on November 19th, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ted

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How popular is the baby name Ted in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 13 0 13
1881 7 0 7
1882 14 0 14
1883 13 0 13
1884 10 0 10
1885 10 0 10
1886 10 0 10
1887 20 0 20
1888 21 0 21
1889 25 0 25
1890 20 0 20
1891 22 0 22
1892 15 0 15
1893 12 0 12
1894 23 0 23
1895 24 0 24
1896 30 0 30
1897 28 0 28
1898 39 0 39
1899 34 0 34
1900 75 0 75
1901 64 0 64
1902 87 0 87
1903 71 0 71
1904 94 0 94
1905 120 5 115
1906 89 0 89
1907 112 0 112
1908 113 0 113
1909 122 0 122
1910 127 0 127
1911 97 0 97
1912 244 0 244
1913 247 0 247
1914 309 0 309
1915 403 0 403
1916 462 9 453
1917 508 10 498
1918 572 8 564
1919 581 10 571
1920 552 7 545
1921 624 10 614
1922 611 5 606
1923 599 7 592
1924 622 11 611
1925 669 0 669
1926 777 13 764
1927 772 10 762
1928 839 12 827
1929 861 10 851
1930 989 6 983
1931 989 6 983
1932 1,076 9 1,067
1933 1,049 9 1,040
1934 1,052 0 1,052
1935 1,090 6 1,084
1936 1,072 7 1,065
1937 1,061 0 1,061
1938 1,111 0 1,111
1939 1,085 6 1,079
1940 1,047 0 1,047
1941 1,096 0 1,096
1942 1,257 5 1,252
1943 1,242 7 1,235
1944 1,174 8 1,166
1945 1,237 0 1,237
1946 1,493 0 1,493
1947 1,648 0 1,648
1948 1,475 0 1,475
1949 1,383 5 1,378
1950 1,356 0 1,356
1951 1,393 5 1,388
1952 1,413 0 1,413
1953 1,305 0 1,305
1954 1,347 5 1,342
1955 1,406 0 1,406
1956 1,465 5 1,460
1957 1,634 0 1,634
1958 1,744 5 1,739
1959 1,676 0 1,676
1960 1,695 0 1,695
1961 1,685 5 1,680
1962 1,703 0 1,703
1963 1,583 5 1,578
1964 1,507 0 1,507
1965 1,245 0 1,245
1966 1,074 0 1,074
1967 962 10 952
1968 1,050 0 1,050
1969 1,061 5 1,056
1970 945 0 945
1971 809 7 802
1972 670 5 665
1973 543 0 543
1974 479 0 479
1975 456 0 456
1976 431 0 431
1977 418 0 418
1978 360 0 360
1979 354 0 354
1980 370 6 364
1981 340 0 340
1982 316 0 316
1983 299 0 299
1984 288 0 288
1985 266 0 266
1986 296 0 296
1987 282 0 282
1988 291 0 291
1989 269 0 269
1990 249 0 249
1991 176 0 176
1992 188 0 188
1993 179 0 179
1994 163 0 163
1995 150 0 150
1996 135 0 135
1997 127 0 127
1998 106 0 106
1999 112 0 112
2000 97 0 97
2001 99 0 99
2002 99 0 99
2003 74 0 74
2004 72 0 72
2005 75 0 75
2006 59 0 59
2007 61 0 61
2008 75 0 75
2009 53 0 53
2010 81 0 81
2011 66 0 66
2012 66 0 66
2013 73 0 73
2014 59 0 59
2015 48 0 48
2016 55 0 55

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Popularity of Ted as a first name

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Common last names for Ted

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Thompson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Lewis
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Cook
  • White
  • Roberts

Fun Facts about the name Ted

  • How Popular is the name Ted? Ted is the 774th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Ted have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 75,022 babies born with the first name Ted in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ted to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ted? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Ted first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ted is Monday, October 17th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Ted born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ted was in 1958 with a total of 1,739 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ted!
  • Random Ted Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ted ranks 87th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 15 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1939.
  • Weird things about the name Ted: Your name in reverse order is Det. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Det. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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