Gender: Male Meaning of Edmund: "fortunate protector" Origin of Edmund: English

Edmund Origin and Meaning

The name Edmund is a boy's name of English origin meaning "fortunate protector".

The sophisticated Edmund and its nearly-identical French twin Edmond are coming out of mothballs now that Edward, inspired by Twilight, is once again a hot name.

Edmund has had an enviable history, as evidenced by these quotes: "There is nobleness in the name of Edmund," says a Jane Austen character, and the poet John Keats once bemoaned, "Had my name been Edmund, I would have been more fortunate."

Famous bearers include the English astronomer Edmund Halley, after whom the comet was named, poet Edmund Spenser, great Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean, and New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary. Literary Edmunds appear in King Lear,, Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and Dickens's Little Dorrit.

Edmund reached its highest point of popularity in the U.S. in 1914, when it was Number 130; it hasn't appeared on the list since 1997--making it even more attractive as an uncommon alternative to Edward.

Eamon is the cheery Irish version.

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Famous People Named Edmund

Pop Culture References for the name Edmund

Eddie, Theomund, Tedman, Eadmund, Eddy, Ted, Tedmund, Ed, Ned, Teddy

Edmund's International Variations

Odön (Hungarian) Edmon (Russian) Eamonn (Gaelic) Mundo, Edmundo (Portuguese) Edmond (Dutch) Edmondo (Italian) Eamon, Eames (Irish) Edmunds (Latvian) Eumann (Scottish Gaelic)


alextheindigo Says:


Edmund Pevensie! Judas Iscariot 2.0.

DystopianForever Says:


The name Edmund can also be found in C.S. Lewis' " The Chronicles of Narnia ".

paulapuddephatt Says:


Wonderful name, love Ed for short

shannonkay Says:


I love Edmund for the Chronicles of Narnia reference, but ended up passing it up because of the possibility of people calling him "Ed" or "Eddie"

LaurenDH Says:


Some characters leave a great impact on me, and I hold them dear to my heart. Edmund Pevensie is one of them.

headintheclouds Says:


From all the Ed- names (Edward, Edgar, Edmund, Edwin), I find Edmund to be the most aristocratic, vintage and gentlemanlike. It's also the most unexpected Ed- name I would think of from the bunch, and I particularly love the idea of a little dark-haired boy Edmund nicknamed Teddy. Edmund Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia and Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park are other associations I have with this name.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I think Edmund Bertram may be one of the less heroic Jane Austen heros, but I don't think that he is patronizing or controlling. I liked him. We just have completely different images of him, I guess. I love this name, now, though I started liking it with reading Narnia.

lnxn09 Says:


I would completely disagree with this depiction of Edmund Bertram!

jaw Says:


How about Edgar? Eddard? Teddy?

jaw Says:


Read Mansfield Park. Edmund is the dull younger brother, trainee clergyman. He is patronising and controlling. I can't get this image out of my head.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I have adored this name ever since C.S Lewis' The Lion, The witch and the wardrobe. It is also the name of my SO's darling grandfather, soThere's a good chance we will use this name someday. I just hope it doesn't become as popular as Edward.

alexandra mae Says:


Edward has been below 160 on the SS list since 1880. It went up 9 places after the first Twilight movie was released. Not that it matters, Edward has never needed to be resurrected.

Edmund is better, in my opinion.
And people spend more time "old" than young so, it's probably a better fit for a person.

lesliemarion Says:


Oh, for a lover named Edmund. The name is magic.