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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.

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Famous People Named Edgar

Edgar Allan Poe, famous American author and poet
Edgar Hansen, from Discovery's Deadliest Catch
Edgar Cayce, American psychic
Edgar Degas, French artist
Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist; creator of Tarzan
J. Edgar Hoover, former head of the FBI
Joseph Edgar Foreman, American rapper

Pop Culture References for the Name Edgar

Edgar, the final fantasy VI character (III in the English release)
Edgar, the butler in Disney's The AristoCats
Edgar Linton, Catherine's husband in Wuthering Heights
Edgar Saul, central character in A Certain Man (1931, Oliver Onions)
Edgar Roy, character from King & Maxwell, played by Ryan Hurst
Edgar Gore, character in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
Edgar Huntly, Memoirs of a Sleepwalker (1799, Charles Brockden Brown)

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

Edgar's International Variations

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