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

Ned Origin and Meaning

The name Ned is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wealthy guardian".

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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Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


I'm not into short names but something about Ned just draws me in.

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!