Diminutive of Theodore or Edward
"gift of God or wealthy guardian"

Teddy Origin and Meaning

The name Teddy is a boy's name meaning "gift of God or wealthy guardian".

Teddy is in some ways one of those midcentury boys' nicknames -- like Jimmy or Bobby or Billy -- yet because it was never that popular, it feels timeless too. The preferred short form of Theodore these days may be Theo and of Edward may be....Edward, but Teddy can work adorably for either and grows up to Ted. And of course, let's not forget the inevitable teddy bear.

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Famous People Named Teddy

  • Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt30th President of the United States
  • Edward "Teddy" KennedyU.S. Senator from Massachusetts
  • Edward Theodore "Teddy" RileyAmerican R&B musician
  • Teddy DunnAmerican actor
  • Teddy PendergrassAmerican R&B singer
  • Teddy WilsonAmerican jazz pianist
  • Teddy EdwardsAmerican jazz saxophonist
  • Edward "Teddy" GoldsmithAnglo,French environmentalist
  • John Theodore "Teddy" Geiger Jr.American singer,songwriter
  • Tedy BruschiAmerican football player and current ESPN analyst
  • Teddy SheringhamEnglish footballer
  • Teddy BridgewaterAmerican football player for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Teddy James Thomasson of Adam Thomas & Caroline Daly
  • Edward "Mad Teddy" Smithassociate of Ronnie and Reggie Kray

Teddy in Pop Culture

  • Edward "Teddy" Remus Lupincharacter in the Harry Potter series.
  • Theodore "Teddy" Duchampone of the 4 main characters in the film "Stand By Me", based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King
  • Edward "Teddy" McNicholascharacter in Eleanor Henderson's novel "Ten Thousand Saints"
  • Teddy Grantthe president's youngest son in TV's "Scandal"
  • Teddy Fallsplace in TV's "Fringe"
  • Teddy bearstuffed toy
  • Teddy boyBritish youth subculture
  • Teddy Craftcharacter in Kevin Smith's horror film "Tusk"
  • Teddy Kentcharacter in "Emily of New Moon"
  • Teddy SandersNASA director in "The Martian"
  • Teddyalso known as Father and Ted, a main character in "Pinstripe"
  • Teddy Altmanfrom the Young Avengers comic books
  • Edward "Teddy" Toddmain character in "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson
  • Theodore "Teddy"character from Bob's Burgers
  • Theodore “Teddy” Sanderscharacter in Neighbors, played by Zac Efron

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