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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 (#2833 out of 150436, Top 2%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

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). Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5302%) and is now much lower (usage 0.2307%, down 56.5%), with forms like Eddie, Edgar, Edgardo, Ed and Eddy 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. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Edgar and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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.