Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. EHD-gər(English)

Meaning & History

Derived from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and gar "spear". This was the name of a 10th-century English king, Edgar the Peaceful. The name did not survive long after the Norman Conquest, but it was revived in the 18th century, in part due to a character by this name in Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor (1819), which tells of the tragic love between Edgar Ravenswood and Lucy Ashton [1]. Famous bearers include author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), French impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917), and author Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950).

Related Names

DiminutivesEd, Eddie, Eddy(English)
Other Languages & CulturesEadgar(Anglo-Saxon) Edgardo(Italian) Edgars, Edijs(Latvian) Edgaras(Lithuanian) Édgar, Edgardo(Spanish)
Surname DescendantsAdair, Edgar(English)
Same SpellingÉdgar



Portrait of Edgar Allan PoePortrait of Edgar Allan Poe

People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   simple   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Estonia: November 29
France: July 8
Norway: November 16
Poland: June 10
Poland: July 8
Sweden: October 31


Sources & References

  1. Withycombe, Elizabeth Gidley. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Oxford, 1945, page 41.

Entry updated February 4, 2020