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Gender: M Meaning of Edmund: "fortunate protector" Origin of Edmund: English

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The sophisticated Edmund and its nearly-identical French twin Edmond are coming out of mothballs now that Edward, inspired by "Twilight," is once again a hot name.

Edmund has had an enviable history, as evidenced by these quotes: "There is nobleness in the name of Edmund," says a Jane Austen character, and the poet John Keats once bemoaned, "Had my name been Edmund, I would have been more fortunate."

Famous bearers include the English astronomer Edmund Halley, after whom the comet was named, poet Edmund Spenser, great Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, and New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary. Literary Edmunds appear in King Lear,, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and Dickens's Little Dorrit.

Edmund reached its highest point of popularity in the U.S. in 1914, when it was Number 130; it hasn't appeared on the list since 1997--making it even more attractive as an uncommon alternative to Edward.

Eamon is the cheery Irish version.

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Famous People Named Edmund

Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, political theorist, philosopher, author, and orator
Edmund H. Garrett, American artist
Edmund Muskie, American Secretary of State
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer
Edmund P. Murray, American novelist and journalist
Edmund Lenihan, Irish author and storyteller
Edmund Gettier, American philosopher
Edmund "Ned" Foley, son of actor Dave Foley

Pop Culture References for the Name Edmund

Edmund Pevensie (Narnia)
Edmund Fitzgerald, a ship that sank in the Great Lakes.
Wreck of the Edmund Fizgerald, a ballad by Gordon Lightfoot.
Edmund Blackadder of TV series Blackadder, named after the character in King Lear.
Edmund Bertram, male hero in Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park
Edmund Reid, character on the television show "Ripper Street"

Eadmund, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Ned, Ted, Teddy, Tedman, Tedmund, Theomund

Edmund's International Variations

Edmond (Dutch) Eamonn (Gaelic) Odön (Hungarian) Eamon, Eames (Irish) Edmondo (Italian) Edmunds (Latvian) Mundo, Edmundo (Portuguese) Edmon (Russian) Eumann (Scottish Gaelic)