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Gender: M Meaning of Ned: "wealthy guardian" Origin of Ned: English, diminutive of Edward

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Ned is a gently old-fashioned Nancy Drew-Bobbsey Twins-era short form for Edward that sounds cooler than Ed and is enjoying a small style renaissance.

Usage of Ned in literature goes back to a Ben Johnson character in 1614, and it is also the name of the protagonist in James Fenimore Cooper's Ned Myers. In Australia, Ned Kelly is famous as a larger-than-life legendary outlaw figure. In this country, Ned Rorem is a respected modern composer.

There was a 1990s sitcom called Ned and Stacey, and other Neds have appeared in The Simpsons (neighbor Flanders), Groundhog Day and School of Rock.

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Famous People Named Ned

Ned Kelly (1855-80), Australian bushranger and folk hero
Edmund "Ned" Foley, son of actor Dave Foley
Ned Hepburn, US writer and blogger
Ned Rocknroll (born Abel Smith), nephew of billionaire Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, husband of English actress Kate Winslet and father of their son Bear Blaze Winslet

Pop Culture References for the Name Ned

Ned the Pie Maker, protagonist of the acclaimed, Emmy-winning, two-seasoned dramedy series, now a cult-classic, "Pushing Daisies" (portrayed as an adult by Lee Pace, as a child by Field Cate)
Ned Ryerson, from movie "Groundhog Day"
Nedward 'Ned' Flanders ("The Simpsons")
Eddard Stark (from "A Song of Ice and Fire" and "Game of Thrones"), goes by Ned
"Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" (TV show)
Ned Banks,from "Ghost Whisperer"
Ned Nickerson, Nancy Drew's boyfriend
Ned Bigby, main character of Ned's Declassified: School Survival Guide
Ned Parker, from Australian TV soap "Neighbours"

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