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

The name Edmund is a boy's name of English origin meaning "fortunate protector". Edmund and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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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

Saint Edmund the Martyr, King of East Anglia
Edmund I and II, Kings of England
Edmund Burke, Irish statesman, political theorist, philosopher, author, and orator
Edmund Spenser, English poet
Edmund Henry Garrett, American illustrator
Edmund Sixtus "Ed" Muskie, 58th U.S. Secretary of State
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer
Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl, German philosopher
Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, American politician; 34th and 39th governor of California
Edmund P. Murray, American novelist and journalist
Edmund Lenihan, Irish author and storyteller
Saint Edmund Rich, 13th-century Archbishop of Canterbury
Edmund Gettier, American philosopher
Edmund John James Reid, English police detective and aeronaut
Edmund Anscombe, New Zealand architect
Edmund Goulding, English film director
Edmund Allenby, English soldier and British Imperial Governor
Saint Edmund Arrowsmith, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Saint Edmund Campion, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Saint Edmund Gennings, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Edmund "Ned" Foley, son of actor Dave Foley

Pop Culture References for the name Edmund

Edmund, character in Shakespeare's "King Lear"
Edmund Pevensie, character in "The Chronicles of Narnia"
Edmund Blackadder, character on TV's "Blackadder," named after the character in King Lear
Edmund Bertram, character in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park"
Edmond Dantes, main character in Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo"
Edmund Tyrone, character in Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night"
Edmund Reid, character on TV's "Ripper Street"
Edmund Fitzgerald, a ship that sank in the Great Lakes
"Wreck of the Edmund Fizgerald," song by Gordon Lightfoot
Edmund, character in G. A. Henty's "The Dragon and the Raven"
Edmund 'Bunny' Corcoran, character in Donna Tartt's "The Secret History"

Ted, Eddie, Tedman, Eadmund, Eddy, Theomund, 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)