Names that can be shortened to "Ted"

My daughter has insisted that her unborn brother's name is Ted ever since we found out he's a boy.  After several months, my husband is now saying he can't imagine calling the baby anything else.  I would like to name the baby something that is at least SOMEHOW tied to the nickname.  Our daughters are Fiona Marie and Nora Bernadette.  Names we have considered:

Gideon (my current favorite-maybe Ted isn't too far removed as a nickname???)

Graham (I love, hubby hates)


Seamus (hubby likes, I don't)

Donovan (neither of us love it, but neither have vetoed it, either)

Middle name will be Christopher, after his father.

Names we know could be shortened to Ted, but won't use (mostly because of my opinionated husband): Theodore, Thaddeus, Edward.  Any other suggestions would be appreciated.



May 20, 2015 10:58 PM




May 20, 2015 11:53 PM

Not gonna lie-- I am not sure how those names above can be shortened to Ted. Haha. The only relation I can think of is to Graham, and that comes because of Teddy Grahams! 

I like Gideon, but I definitely do not see Ted as a nickname there. The only name I can come up with off the top of my head is Thomas. I think you should go with whatever name you really like, and maybe you can just call the baby Ted or Teddy as a nickname regardless. 

May 21, 2015 12:36 AM

How about:


By Fly
May 21, 2015 12:47 AM

I agree with the Edmund and Edison/Eddison suggestions, and the comment about not being sure how Ted comes from any of those other names.

There's also Edan (Welsh of Aidan), Edgar, Edwin, Edric (or Cedric), Adair (derived from Edgar), Eamon (derived from Edmund) 

Other ways around it:

I don't think it would be a problem to call him, for example, Christopher Edward, with the same first name as his dad, as he would always be known as Ted, other than potential problems with computer systems bringing up the wrong Christopher.

I don't know how you feel about two middle names, but you could pick something you like as a first name, and then put Christopher Edward (for example) as middle names.  It isn't uncommon to use a middle name, or a nn from a middle name.

May 21, 2015 3:49 AM

I think Graham, nicknamed Ted, because of the Teddy Grahams connection, is totally genius. I have nothing anywhere near this caliber to contribute!

Another option would be to consider a T___ name with an middle name that contains an "Ed" element, or perhaps T__ E__ D___ Surname. I think a nice short snappy E name (Eli, Ezra, maybe Evan or Ethan) could pair with Donovan from your list, so you'd just need to find a T-name that you'd like. Theo? Tobias? Tobin? Tristan? A little further out there: Torben? Torin, Thorin, Thor? Tennessee?

May 22, 2015 2:00 AM

Whoops, totally missed that the middle name will be Christopher! Sorry about the not-relevant suggestions!

May 21, 2015 10:04 AM

Riffing on the Teddy Bear theme, you could use a name with a bear derivation. A couple that might appeal are Arthur (though the bear connection is arguable there) or Bernard Further afield style-wise are Dov, Gerben (some of the sounds of Gideon), Humbert, Humphrey, Mahon (Gaelic like some of your choices), Orson, Osborn.

Of course Roosevelt would be an obvious choice if you wanted to go that direction.

You could also look for a literary connection--like Laurence, from the character Theodore Laurence in Little Women who went by Laurie most of the time but was called Teddy by Jo March.

There are LOTS of Ed- and Theo- type names out there, many of which have already been suggested; you can use the Expert NameFinder to discover more. I like the suggestion of using a T- name; you could also use the NameFinder to look just at those that also contain a D.

Otherwise, I would say don't sweat it. We picked one of our youngest son's middle names based on my daughter's insistent suggestion, and within a few months of his birth she didn't even remember picking it!

With Ted, you could give him whatever name you like and use Teddy Bear as his baby nn, and then see if it naturally evolves into Ted. This would actually be my top suggestion for you. Good luck!

By EVie
May 21, 2015 6:44 PM

Do *you* actually want to call the baby Ted? It kind of sounds like your husband is getting to call all the shots here--he gets Christopher as the middle name, plus Ted as the call name, but is dictating that it not be Theodore, Edward or another name that actually leads to Ted. I think it's fair to ask him to give up at least one of those things. The way I see it, these are your options:

1. Use Theodore (or Edward, etc.), so full name is Theodore Christopher LN, nicknamed Ted, and there is a natural connection to the nickname.

2. Put Theodore (or Edward, etc.) in the middle slot with one of your other choices, so full name is e.g. Gideon Theodore LN, nicknamed Ted. The connection to the nickname is a little more remote, but still there.

3. Use Gideon Christopher, with Ted as a totally unrelated nickname. I like nedibes's idea about using Teddy Bear as a family nickname--I call my son a ton of things that are in no way related to his name. Bunny, Monkey, Monster, Munchkin, Sweet Pea, Doodlebug (often shortened to Doodles or just Dude). Teddy Bear seems like a really natural choice. 

4. Use Gideon Christopher, and ditch Ted. Your daughter will probably forget about it pretty quickly--the question is, will your husband?

May 26, 2015 9:36 AM

Thank you all for your suggestions!

I think we will probably just nix the attempt to name the baby something connected to Ted, because none of the names that are connected to it really resonate with us.  And as several people have pointed out, we all call our kids pet names that aren't related to their actual names.  I don't even really love the name Ted, so maybe the whole nickname thing will just fade once he's here.

I love, LOVE the idea of naming him Graham and nicknaming him Teddy Graham/Ted.  If only I could convince my husband...sigh.  Oh, well.  There are names I just can't imagine using, too, and so I can't make him use one he really doesn't like.

We will probably call him Gideon Christopher LastName, but I will update you all in 8 weeks when he arrives!  Thanks again for all of your suggestions.  It's always nice to bounce ideas off similarly minded name-enthusiasts!