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Gender: Male Meaning of Cedric: "bounty" Origin of Cedric: Celtic Cedric's Popularity in 2017: #983

The name Cedric is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning "bounty". Cedric is ranked #983 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names from Harry Potter and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Cedric was invented by Sir Walter Scott for the noble character of the hero's father in Ivanhoe, presumed to be an altered form of the Saxon name Cerdic. The name then lost some testosterone as Little Lord Fauntleroy, the long-haired, velvet-suited, and lace-collared boy hero of the Frances Hodgson Burnett book, who became an unwitting symbol of the pampered mama's boy.

Since then that stereotype has been broken principally by the handsome Harry Potter character Cedric Diggory, played by the teen-aged pre-Twilight Robert Pattinson, and it, like cousin Cecil, is at the point of being rediscovered by cutting-edge namers.

Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer has propelled this name into the spotlight in recent years.

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Famous People Named Cedric

Cedric Bixler-Zavala, American lead singer of The Mars Volta
Cedric "the Entertainer" Anderson Kyles, American comedian and actor
Cedric Lee Juan Tuck aka Big Tuck, American rapper
Cedric Coleman aka Frayser Boy, American rapper
Cedric Myron Benson, American football player
Cedric Thornton, American football player
Cedric Edwin Peerman, American football player
Cedric Leonard Griffin, American football player
Cedric Lamar Jackson, American basketball player
Cedric Webster Hardwicke, English actor
Cédric Gervais, French DJ and producer
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, American singer of group K-Ci and JoJo
(George) Cedric Wright, American violinist and photographer
Cedric Levon Richmond, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana
Cedric "Im" Brooks, Jamaican saxophonist
Cedric Bakambu, French-born Congolese professional footballer
Cedric Carrasso, French footballer
Cedric Neyers (b. 2016), son of Kayla Jackson and Matt Neyers of TV's "16 and Pregnant"

Pop Culture References for the name Cedric

Cedric "the Saxon" of Rotherwood, character in "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott
Cedric Errol, main character in "Little Lord Fauntleroy" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Cedric Diggory, character in the Harry Potter series
Cedric, character in comic book series "W.I.T.C.H"
Cedric Daniels, character on TV's "The Wire"
Cedric Brown, character in film Nanny McPhee"
Cedric Wise Old Elf, character in "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Cedric Sneer, character on animated series "The Raccoons"
Cedric the Sorcerer, character on animated series "Sofia the First"
Cedric, bellhop in film "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"
"Cédric," Belgian comic book by Laudec and Cauvin and its main character

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Toronto87 Says:


i sort of fluctuate between thinking this name sounds soft and then at times it sounds harsh to me. It's on our list if we have a boy down the line. I like that it's uncommon and international sounding. Surprised Harry Potter didn't boost its popularity, as Cedric is a pretty well loved character.

Tora Says:


Adore the sound of this name. Its sounds so strong and handsome.
I just wish it had a slightly better meaning.
But I remember Cedric from Harry Potter to be a very talented and handsome yet kind and honorable person, so that would be quite a nice modern namesake 😊

Azi*Cwater Says:


My favourite name of all time!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like Cecil, too...!!!

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name is super cute. I love it.

IrisOM Says:


This name reminds me of the Royal Sorcerer on Sofia the First, my favorite character on the show.

headintheclouds Says:


Cedric sounds very sharp and acidic. To me, it comes across as gallant and jaunty, rather old-fashioned but appealing. My first association with the name is definitely Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter, and I'd imagine a Cedric to be somewhat like the character- honorable, universally liked, an all-rounder person.

Moony Says:


Little Lord Fauntleroy is the reason why I love the name Cedric so much. And I doubt it was why the name slipped off the charts since the book was massively successful and spawned several generations of velvet-suited and lace-collared fashions for boys (long hair was standard for boys up until recently, so that wouldn't have been a reason for its 'loss of testosterone'). The connotation is so elegant and vibrant and aristocratic and PROPER - everything I could ever want in a boy name. And with the ever-adorable nickname "Seddy", it is almost perfect. I say almost because the risk of the more modern and stereotypically manly "Rick" puts me off some. But, overall, Cedric is a lovely name.

Evren James Kelly Says:


I love the name Cedric. It sounds strong and the spelling is clean and beautiful. It belongs high in the list...

Zelliew Says:


Sorry I think it's only marginally better than Cecil

DreamCatcher007 Says:


My husband and I chose this name for our son who was born in 2010, and we are still just as in love with the name as we were when we found it in a baby name book 4 years ago. It is a name that is rarely heard despite it is the name of some famous people as well as the name of some characters from books/movies. Our families weren't thrilled when we announced his name shortly after finding out he was a boy, but after many months of the name growing on them and then finally once he was born, the name stuck and now everyone loves it. His name always gets compliments, and is a conversation starter for the most part. I honestly cannot believe the name is not higher up on the popularity chart.