"wealthy spearman"

Edgar Origin and Meaning

The name Edgar is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wealthy spearman".

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

Edgar has been a stalwart on the US popular names lists, not dipping below the Top 400 until 2022, and is 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, Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, and author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. 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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Edgar Rank in US Top 1000

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Edgar Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Edgar Popularity

Famous People Named Edgar

  • Edgar S. PradoPeruvian,American jockey
  • Edgar the PeacefulKing of England
  • EdgarKing of Scotland
  • Edgar the Aethelingdisputed King of England
  • Edgar Allan PoeAmerican fiction writer and poet
  • (HilaireGermain,)Edgar Degas, French Impressionist painter
  • Edgar Rice BurroughsAmerican novelist; creator of Tarzan
  • (John) Edgar HooverAmerican FBI director
  • Edgar CayceAmerican psychic
  • Edgar Holland WinterAmerican rock and blues musician
  • Edgar WrightEnglish film director
  • Joseph Edgar Foreman aka AfromanAmerican rapper
  • Edgar Douglas AdrianLord Adrian, British physiologist
  • Edgar Speyer1st Baronet, American,British financier
  • Edgar HansenAmerican reality TV personality ("Deadliest Catch")
  • Edgar John BergenAmerican ventriloquist
  • Edgar Enrique Renteri­a (Herazo)Colombian baseball player
  • Edgar Patrício de Carvalho PachecoPortuguese footballer
  • Edgar Thomas TownerAustralian Victoria Cross recipient
  • Edgar Steven DavidsSurinamese,Dutch footballer
  • Edgar Miles BronfmanCanadian billionaire philanthropist
  • Edgar Cooper Endicottson of TV personality Melissa Rivers, grandson of Joan Rivers
  • Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfmanb. 2009, son of rapper M.I.A.

Edgar in Pop Culture

  • Edgara main character in Shakespeare's King Lear
  • Edgara cow in Achievement Hunter's "Lets Play Minecraft" series.
  • Edgarcharacter in video game "Final Fantasy VI"
  • Edgarbutler in Disney's "The AristoCats"
  • Edgar LintonCatherine's husband in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
  • Edgar Saulcharacter in "A Certain Man" by Oliver Onions
  • Edgar Roycharacter on TV's "King & Maxwell"
  • Edgar Clintonmain character in G. A. Henty's, The Dash for Khartoum
  • Edgar Gorecharacter in animated movie "Frankenweenie"
  • Edgar Huntlycharacter in "Memoirs of a Sleepwalker" by Charles Brockden Brown
  • Edgar Frogcharacter in "The Lost Boys" movie series
  • Edgarcharacter on TV's "Heroes"
  • Edgar Ormskirkmain character in G. A. Henty's, A March on London
  • Edgar Badlockcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Edgar Allen Pugyoutuber Pewdiepie's dog
  • Edgara family band

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