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Gender: Male Meaning of Edgar: "wealthy spearman" Origin of Edgar: English Edgar's Popularity in 2017: #353

The name Edgar is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wealthy spearman". Edgar is ranked #353 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Edgar

Edgar the Peaceful, King of England
Edgar, King of Scotland
Edgar the Aetheling, disputed King of England
Edgar Allan Poe, American fiction writer and poet
(Hilaire-Germain-)Edgar Degas, French Impressionist painter
Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist; creator of Tarzan
(John) Edgar Hoover, American FBI director
Edgar Cayce, American psychic
Edgar Holland Winter, American rock and blues musician
Edgar Wright, English film director
Joseph Edgar Foreman aka Afroman, American rapper
Edgar Douglas Adrian, Lord Adrian, British physiologist
Edgar Speyer, 1st Baronet, American-British financier
Edgar S. Prado, Peruvian-American jockey
Edgar Hansen, American reality TV personality ("Deadliest Catch")
Edgar John Bergen, American ventriloquist
Edgar Enrique Renteri­a (Herazo), Colombian baseball player
Edgar Patrício de Carvalho Pacheco, Portuguese footballer
Edgar Thomas Towner, Australian Victoria Cross recipient
Edgar Steven Davids, Surinamese-Dutch footballer
Edgar Miles Bronfman, Canadian billionaire philanthropist
Edgar Cooper Endicott, son of TV personality Melissa Rivers, grandson of Joan Rivers
Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, b. 2009, son of rapper M.I.A.

Pop Culture References for the name Edgar

Edgar, a main character in Shakespeare's King Lear
Edgar, a cow in Achievement Hunter's "Lets Play Minecraft" series.
Edgar, character in video game "Final Fantasy VI"
Edgar, butler in Disney's "The AristoCats"
Edgar Linton, Catherine's husband in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
Edgar Saul, character in "A Certain Man" by Oliver Onions
Edgar Roy, character on TV's "King & Maxwell"
Edgar Clinton, main character in G. A. Henty's, The Dash for Khartoum
Edgar Gore, character in animated movie "Frankenweenie"
Edgar Huntly, character in "Memoirs of a Sleepwalker" by Charles Brockden Brown
Edgar Frog, character in "The Lost Boys" movie series
Edgar, character on TV's "Heroes"
Edgar Ormskirk, main character in G. A. Henty's, A March on London
Edgar Badlock, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Edgar Allen Pug, youtuber Pewdiepie's dog
Edgar, a family band

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

Edgar's International Variations

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


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!