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What does Edgar mean?

Edgar \e-dgar, ed-gar\ as a boys' name is pronounced ED-gar. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Edgar is "wealthy spear". From ad meaning "riches" and gr 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 Dgas; author Edgar Rice Burroughs.


Edgar has 12 variants: Eadgar, Eadger, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edgard, Edgardo, Ned, Neddy, Ogier, Ted and Teddie.

Edgar has 21 more alternative forms via Edward: Duarte, Eadbhard, Eadward, Edik, Edison, Edoardo, Edouard, Eduard, Eduarde, Eduardo, Edvard, Edvardas, Edwardo, Edwards, Eideard, Ekewaka, Eudard, Ewart, Lalo, Neddie and Teddy.


Edgar is a very popular first name for men (#209 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#3167 out of 88799, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Edgar for boys. Edgar reached its peak position of #61 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #300. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Edgar name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Edgar and corresponding names. Edward (#160 in 2014), Eduardo (#261), Eddie (#590), Edison (#690), Ned, Ted, Teddy, Edwardo, Edith, Eddy, Edgardo and Ed are the popular related forms of Edgar (#300 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of this boy name was at its apex during the years 1950-1959 and is now much lower, with forms like Eddie, Edgar, Ted, Teddy and Ned falling out of style. Edison (#690) and Eduardo (#261) are two of the more trendy birth names in this list, with Edison undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edgar, Edgardo, Edison, Edith, Eduardo, Edward, Edwardo in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ned, Ted, Teddy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eddie, Edward, Teddy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Edmar and Elgar. These names tend to be less frequently used than Edgar.