What does Edgar mean?
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.
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How popular is Edgar?
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 (#2833 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the baby name history of Edgar for boys. Edgar entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #61 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #300. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Edward (#160 in 2014), Eduardo (#261), Eddie (#590), Eddy (#1269), Ned, Teddie, Ewart, Ted, Edith, Edgard, Edgardo, Ed and Edwardo are the popular related forms of Edgar (#300 in 2014). Usage of these relations of Edgar was widespread a century ago (adoption of 2.84%) and is now much lower (adoption 0.3%, down 89.3%).
Suggested similar names are Adar, Adlar, Algar, Eagan, Edan, Eder, Edmar, Ednan, Egan, Egor, Einar, Ejnar, Elgar, Elger, Ellar, Ellgar (see Alger), Elmar, Ezar and Segar. These names tend to be less frequently used than Edgar.