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What does Edgar mean?

Edgar Pronunciation of Edgar 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, spear (warrior), england, peaceful, earl (noble)


VARIANTS Eadgar, Eadger, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edgard, Edgardo, Ned, Neddy, Ogier, Ted, Teddie

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA EDWARD Eadward, Edik, Edoardo, Edouard, Eduard, Eduarde, Eduardo, Edvard, Edwardo, Edwards, Eideard, Eudard, Ewart

(male) Eagar, ..

(female) Edear, ..

Edgar Maximus (E.M.), ..

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)

Edgar entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #61 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #356. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edgar name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Edward (#169 IN 2018), Eduardo (#315), Eddie (#725), Eddy (#1485), Ed, Edgard, Edgardo, Edith, Edwardo, Ewart, Ned, Ted and Teddie are the popular related forms of Edgar (#356). Usage of these relations of Edgar was widespread a century ago (ADOPTION OF 2.84%) and is now much lower (ADOPTION 0.26%, DOWN 90.8%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edgar, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edgard in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edgardo, Edith, Eduardo, Edward, Edwardo in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ewart, Ned, Ted, Teddie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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