Meaning and name origin
Edgar \e-dgar, ed-gar\ as a boy's name is pronounced ED-gar. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Edgar is "wealthy spear". From êad meaning "riches" and gâr meaning "spear". A royal name in Anglo-Saxon England. Name of an English king and saint, Edgar the Peaceful (10th century), who was the father of two other saints, Edward and Edith. Literary: in Shakespeare's "King Lear", the son of the Earl of Gloucester is called Edgar. The novel "Edgar Huntly" (1799) by Charles Brockden helped in the revival of the name in the US. Edgardo is the Spanish form. Poet Edgar Allan Poe; puppeteer Edgar Bergen; artist Edgar Dégas; author Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Edgar is a very popular first name for males (#209 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3167 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Edgar for boys. Edgar reached its highest rank of #61 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Edgar and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Edward (#160), Edgar (#300), Eddie (#590), Ned, Ted, Edgardo, Eddy, Ed and Edith. (2014 statistics).