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 Royal Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".
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.