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Ted

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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 625 10 615
1922 610 5 605
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 1,053 0 1,053
1935 1,089 6 1,083
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 1,492 0 1,492
1947 1,647 0 1,647
1948 1,475 0 1,475
1949 1,383 5 1,378
1950 1,355 0 1,355
1951 1,392 5 1,387
1952 1,416 0 1,416
1953 1,304 0 1,304
1954 1,347 5 1,342
1955 1,407 0 1,407
1956 1,464 5 1,459
1957 1,635 0 1,635
1958 1,743 5 1,738
1959 1,676 0 1,676
1960 1,695 0 1,695
1961 1,684 5 1,679
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 1,073 0 1,073
1967 962 10 952
1968 1,050 0 1,050
1969 1,061 5 1,056
1970 945 0 945
1971 808 7 801
1972 671 5 666
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 353 0 353
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 250 0 250
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

Fun Facts about the name Ted

  • How many people with the first name Ted have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 74,963 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 1,738 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ted!
  • Random Ted Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ted ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 85 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1931.
  • 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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Popularity of Ted as a first name

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Popularity of Ted as a last 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

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ted" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ted as well as things modernly associated with the name Ted such as celebrities named Ted.

English

Origin and Meaning of Ted

The name "Ted" is 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

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 With the Name Ted

Ted Bundy

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 Kaczynski

Ted Kaczynski is an influential human. Ted is also known as The Unabomber.

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Ted Cruz

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

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

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

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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  • Ted Nugent
    (musician)
  • Ted Chiang
    (writer)
  • Ted Williams
    (baseball player)
  • Ted Levine
    (actor)
  • Ted Hughes
    (writer)
  • Ted DiBiase
    (wrestler)
  • Ted Cassidy
    (actor)
  • Ted Knight
    (actor)
  • Ted Mosby
    (famed person)
  • Ted Gunderson
    (fbi senior special agent in charge; private investigator;speaker; author; conspiracy realist.)
  • Ted Koppel
    (journalist)
  • Ted Stevens
    (President pro tempore emeritus of the United States Senate)
  • Ted Neeley
    (notable person)
  • Ted Haggard
    (evangelism)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ted

Terrible Ted

Terrible Ted is an important person. Terrible was born in Gaspé Peninsula.

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What does the name Ted mean?

Tis for treasure, that of your friendship.

Eis for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

Dis for diamond, the brilliance you shine.

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