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What does Cedric mean?

Cedric /ce-dric/ as a boys' name is pronounced SED-rik. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Cedric is "kind and loved".

The name was invented by Sir Walter Scott for the character Cedric of Rotherwood in the book "Ivanhoe" (1819). It appears to be from Cerdic, the name of the traditional founder of the kingdom of Wessex. Cerdic was a Saxon, and his name could also have been of Germanic origin, though it is uncertain. However Cedric can also be associated with the Welsh name Cedrych meaning "pattern of bounty". The name later acquired a "sissy" image due to Cedric Errol Fauntleroy, the long-haired, velvet-suited boy hero of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1886 novel "Little Lord Fauntleroy". See also Kedrick. Actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke; Cedric the Comedian.


Cedric has 11 variants: Caddaric, Ced, Cedrick, Cedrik, Cedro, Rick, Rickey, Ricky, Sedric, Sedrick and Sedrik.

Cedric has 2 more alternative forms via Kedrick: Keddrick and Kedric.

Cedric has 1 feminine form: Cedrica.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Cadric, Caedric, ..

(female) Cedia, Cedricca, ..

How popular is Cedric?

Cedric is a very popular first name for men (#390 out of 1220, Top 32%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Cedric for boys. Cedric was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #246 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #785. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cedric name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cedric outside U.S.

Popular varying forms of Cedric (#785 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000 are Ricky (#519 in 2014), Rickey (#1511), Rick (#1711), Sedrick, Sedric, Cedrick and Kedrick. These relations of Cedric were at the height of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (average #1089) and have become significantly less widespread since (#1565, 92.5%), with forms like Rick falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cedric, Cedrick, Kedrick, Rick, Rickey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ricky, Sedric, Sedrick in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cedric and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Aeric, Aerric, Aldric, Andric, Audric, Beric, Ceri, Chadric, Chadrick, Dedric, Dedrick, Deric, Edric, Fredric, Godric, Jedrick, Jeric, Jerric, Kendric, Meldric, Padric, Pedrio (see Pedro), Rodric, Tedric, Tedrick and Thedric. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cedric.