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Gender: M Meaning of Edgar: "wealthy spearman" Origin of Edgar: English Edgar's Popularity in 2013: #286

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Edgar is an Old English name historically associated with the tenth century English king known as Edgar the Peaceful, and there was also a King Edgar of Scotland.

Edgar has been a stalwart on the US popularity lists, never falling below the Top 400 since records have been kept. He now ranks at Number 286, especially popular (as is Edgardo) with Latino families.

Edgar plays a key role in King Lear, and has had several distinguished namesakes, including artist Degas, Edgar Allan Poe, and Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs. In terms of style, however, most would rate it a distant third to Edward and Edmund.

Trivia tidbit: Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa named her son Edgar after her father, but he is called by his middle name Cooper.

Famous People Named Edgar

Edgar Allan Poe, American fiction writer and poet
Edgar the Peaceful, King of England
Edgar, King of Scotland
Edgar the AE†theling, disputed King of England
Edgar Hansen, American reality TV personality ("Deadliest Catch")
Edgar Cayce, American psychic
Edgar Degas (born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas), French Impressionist painter
Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist; creator of Tarzan
John Edgar Hoover, American FBI director
Edgar Holland Winter, American rock and blues musician
Joseph Edgar Foreman aka Afroman, American rapper
Edgar Speyer, 1st Baronet, American-British financier
Edgar S. Prado, Peruvian-American jockey
Edgar John Bergen, American ventriloquist
Edgar Enrique Renteri­a (Herazo), Colombian baseball player
Edgar Patrício de Carvalho Pacheco, Portuguese footballer
Edgar Thomas Towner, Australian Victoria Cross recipient
Edgar Steven Davids, Surinamese-Dutch footballer

Pop Culture References for the Name Edgar

Edgar, character in video game "Final Fantasy VI"
Edgar, butler in Disney's "The AristoCats"
Edgar Linton, Catherine's husband in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
Edgar Saul, character in "A Certain Man" by Oliver Onions
Edgar Roy, character on TV's "King & Maxwell"
Edgar Gore, character in animated movie "Frankenweenie"
Edgar Huntly, character in "Memoirs of a Sleepwalker" by Charles Brockden Brown
Edgar Frog, character in "The Lost Boys" movie series
Edgar, character on TV's "Heroes"

Eadger, Ed, Eddie, Ned, Neddy, Ted, Teddie

Edgar's International Variations

Eadgar (French) Edgard (Hungarian) Edgardito, Edgardo (Spanish)