Jed was the name we were going to call our dd if she'd been a boy...I really like it, it is short, but I thought it was kind of funky. The number of people who just outright hated it though, when I mentioned it, amazed me. I was told it was a hillbilly name. It didn't change our minds though Mind you, after all that standing strong against the waves of familial disapproval, dd was born. They were all relieved!
My Dad changed his name when he was a student from Gerald to Ged after someone in the 1960s programme Z-Cars... He's been Ged ever since, and nobody has ever said anything negative about his name (although it often gets spelled 'Jed'). Go for it.
I thought it was an abbreviation of John Edward, traditionally? A friend of mine has a Jed and I always thought it sounded a bit Lady Chatterley/Gardeners World. Which of course there's nothing wrong with.
Apparently since West Wing the number of Jed's and Toby's and Sam's and Josh's has gone up hugely! Friends of mine were appalled that we chose a name that wasnt WW as they think it is the only way to go