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Gender: Male Meaning of Ned: "wealthy guardian" Origin of Ned: English, diminutive of Edward

The name Ned is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wealthy guardian". Ned and is often added to lists like Nicknames for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

Ned is a gently old-fashioned Nancy Drew-Bobbsey Twins-era short form for Edward that sounds cooler than Ed and is enjoying a small style renaissance.

Usage of Ned in literature goes back to a Ben Johnson character in 1614, and it is also the name of the protagonist in James Fenimore Cooper's Ned Myers. In Australia, Ned Kelly is famous as a larger-than-life legendary outlaw figure. In this country, Ned Rorem is a respected modern composer.

There was a 1990s sitcom called Ned and Stacey, and other Neds have appeared in The Simpsons (neighbor Flanders), Groundhog Day and School of Rock. Ned Stark is a prominent, and unusually heroic, character in Game of Thrones, giving the name some new cultural cache, though we can't recommend using his proper name, Eddard.

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Famous People Named Ned

Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger and folk hero
Edward Hugh "Ned" Hanlon, American basebal player
Ned Rocknroll (born Abel Smith), nephew of Richard Branson, husband of actress Kate Winslet
Edgar Frederick "Ned" Yost III, American baseball player and manager
Ned Washington, American lyricist
Ned Thomas Beatty, American actor
Ned Jarrett, American NASCAR driver
Ned Rorem, American composer
Ned Eisenberg, American actor
Ned Fulmer, American actor and director for Buzzfeed
Ned Hepburn, American writer and blogger
Ned Payne Austin, American actor
Edward Miner "Ned" Lamont, American businessman and politician
Nusyn "Ned" Glass, Polish-American actor
Ned Bellamy, American actor
Edmund "Ned" Foley, son of actor Dave Foley

Pop Culture References for the name Ned

Ned the Pie Maker, main character on TV's "Pushing Daisies" (played by Lee Pace and Field Cate)
Ned Ryerson, character in movie "Groundhog Day"
Nedward "Ned" Flanders, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Eddard "Ned" Stark, character in the Game of Thrones series
Ned Bigby, character on TV's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"
Ned Banks, character on TV's "Ghost Whisperer"
Ned Nickerson, boyfriend in the Nancy Drew series
Ned Parker, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Edward "Ned" Leeds, character in the movie "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
"Waking Ned Devine," 1998 Irish film
Ned Fulmer, Buzzfeed staff known for the video series "The Try Guys"
Ned Henry, main male character of Connie Willis's novel "To Say Nothing of the Dog"

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Lyndsy Says:


My son is called Ned and we love it. It's not short for anything or a nickname, he is named after my grandfather. No one liked it when I was pregnant but now everyone loves it and it really suits him.

Zelliew Says:


It's really only a nick name

SunKissedChild Says:


It's a bit iffy. I mean, everyone knows about Ned Kelly and learns about him in school. And as famous as he is, he isn't famous for good reasons. He killed quite a few people, including policemen, as well as other things like robbing banks. I personally would be hesitant using it.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Haha, what are the chances of that? Idk though, he'll definitely get the associations, and not everyone sees him as a hero.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I like Ned as a nickname for Edward or Edmund. My only problem is our last name is Kelly! And we are Australian! But is this really a problem or is it kind of cool? This might seem strange to people outside of Australia, but Ned Kelly is actually celebrated here!