Gender: Male Meaning of Edgar: "wealthy spearman" Origin of Edgar: English Edgar's Popularity in 2019: #384

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, never falling below the Top 400 since records have been kept, 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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Rank in US: #384

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Famous People Named Edgar

Pop Culture References for the name Edgar

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

Edgar's International Variations

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


stepx Says:


i actually like this the best of all the Ed variations. Edmund second. The nickname of "Ed" is, however, awfully common.

MeMyself_And_I Says:


Edgar was the name of my great grandfather who fought in WWII. One of my future children will have Edgar as either their first name, or one of their middle names.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Not my favourite Ed name, but I kind of like it. I think of Edgar Linton in "Wuthering Heights". I prefer Edmund or Edward. Edwin is the next one for me, after those two, followed by Edgar.

Essa Says:


Another name I'd love to use but my husband vetoes anything with 'Eddy' or 'Teddy' as a nickname.

headintheclouds Says:


Edgar seems like a very Gothic, dramatic and "pointy" name to me, thanks to the Edgar Allan Poe association. I think of cliffs and black ravens and old mansions against a stormy backdrop. Edgar's handsome, classic and vintage in the best fusty eccentric way, and it would be a more unusual way to get to the nickname Ed besides Edward.

Piety Says:


My favorite name, even if it is a bit old and stuffy, with the nickname “Teddy” :)

Catastroffy Says:


Just what I was going to say.

indiefendi2 Says:


Edgar is ugly to me. But I love Edwin.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


This is one of my guilty pleasure names but my mother gave me a weird look when I SAID i loved this name. Edgar has been a favorite since I was young and Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite poet ever!