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

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.

Famous People Named Ned

Ned Kelly, Australian bushranger and folk hero
Edmund "Ned" Foley, son of actor Dave Foley
Ned Hepburn, American writer and blogger
Ned Rocknroll (born Abel Smith), nephew of Richard Branson, husband of actress Kate Winslet
Ned Washington, American lyricist
Ned Beatty, American actor
Ned Jarrett, American NASCAR driver
Ned Rorem, American composer
Ned Fulmer, actor and director for Buzzfeed

Pop Culture References for the name Ned

Ned the Pie Maker, main character on TV's "Pushing Daisies"
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"
"Waking Ned Devine," 1998 Irish film

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