Meaning and Name Origin
Cedric \ce(d)-ric\ 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 1 feminine form: Cedrica.
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Cedric for boys. Cedric was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its top position of #262 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #785. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Cedric and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Cedric (#785 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Ricky (#519 in 2014), Sedrick, Rick, Cedrick and Rickey. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the forms Cedric, Rickey, Cedrick and Rick becoming less fashionable. Ricky (#519) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)