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Quick Facts on Edgar

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 286
Simple meaning:
Spear of wealth, prosperous spearman

Characteristics of Edgar

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Edgar

Edgar, like Edward, Edmund and Edwin, is an Old English personal name that survived the radical transformation in naming practices following the Norman Invasion of 1066. The name is derived from the Olde English “ēad” meaning ‘prosperity, riches’ and “gār” meaning ‘spear’ probably developing as a name for a person who was a prosperous and skilled spearman. The name was most notably borne by Edgar the Peaceful, King of England in the 10th century. It was considered a peaceful reign due to the lack of Viking invasions or other foreign raids during his time in power. He was also successful in politically uniting the various kingdoms throughout England under one throne. Edgar of Ætheling was the last member of the House of Wessex and proclaimed King of England after Harold, although Edgar was never crowned thanks to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when he was supplanted by William the Conqueror. So the given male name Edgar dates back centuries and is actually more common in the United States today than Great Britain.

Popularity of the Name Edgar

Edgar was quite a popular name back in 1880 when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends; in fact, it was almost a Top 50 favorite. At the turn of the 20th century, Edgar lost a little bit of steam and would fall off the Top 100 list by 1926. The low-point of Edgar’s popularity was during the 1960s when it barely fell off the Top 300 list, indicating very moderate usage. The name slowly returned to the Top 200 by the 1980s but it never regained a spot on the list of 100 most commonly used boy names. Today, the name is given to a little more than 1,500 baby boys born each year. It’s an old English name that harkens back to the Middle Ages with a very erudite British sound. It’s probably considered a bit on the old-fashioned side today, but its outdated sensibility gives it a rather off-beat, likable quality. Maybe you picture your Grandpa Edgar when you think of the name, but we picture a cute little book worm.
Popularity of the Boy Name Edgar
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Edgar

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Edgar

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Edgar

    Edgar (King Lear) Edgar is the elder, legitimate son of Gloucester in Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear, written between 1603 and 1606. He portrays a multitude of aspects as his story unfolds, and gives Lear a run for his money in the tragedy department. As a trusting brother, he is betrayed by Edmund, who convinces their father that Edgar is planning to usurp his power. Then he is wrongly disinherited and banished by his father without being given a chance to remonstrate. He then assumes the guise of a madman, of the lowest strata of society. Even so, after Gloucester has himself been betrayed by Edmund, and blinded, Edgar comes to his assistance, but still in disguise. He deflects Gloucester’s attempted suicide, and also saves him from an attempted murder. He fatally wounds his evil brother. When he finally does reveal himself to his father, the old man dies of shock and joy. All in a day’s work for our hero. As all around him die, including Lear and his three daughters, Edgar attains the crown (at least in the Folio version). Thus is virtue rewarded.

  • Popular Songs on Edgar

    Popular Songs on Edgar

    Edgar - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Edgar.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Edgar

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Edgar

    Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow (James Howe) - Pete enters a contest and wins a school visit from his favorite author: mysterious M. T. Graves, who writes the FleshCrawlers series. Staying at the Monroes' house with his pet, Edgar Allan Crow, the eccentric writer has some strange requests and his odd behavior gives rise to misgivings among the household's suspicious dogs and conniving cat. Their determined efforts to save the family's pet rabbit, Bunnicula, from an undetermined threat give rise to this entertaining chapter book's dramatic and comical situations. The full-page, shaded pencil drawings are handsome and suitably quirky. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe (Scott Gustafson) - When young Eddie is falsely accused of destroying the Judge’s chicken coop, his adopted parents give him two days to find the true culprit. Guided by logic, but entranced by the poetry of the paranormal, Eddie seeks to solve the mystery, along the way meeting Captain Mephisto, a darkly unusual magician. With help from his Raven and the prodding of a mischievous imp, McCobber, it is no wonder that Eddie grows up to become a master of the macabre. Scott Gustafson crafts a finely wrought portrait that is both humorous and touching. Coupled with his stunning gothic illustrations, Eddie is sure to win fans young and old. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness (Edgar Allan Poe) - Grimly's deliciously malevolent illustrations are the perfect complement to Poe's macabre stories. Four of the writer's most popular tales are presented in an abridged format: "The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher." The watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork is populated with deftly drawn cartoon humans, animals, and other beings, many with grotesque or sinister expressions. The pictures cover, crisscross, or circle the margins of the pages and are often contained in ornate art-deco frames along with small blocks of text. Recommended for ages 12-18.

    Edgar Degas: Paintings That Dance (Maryann Cocca-Leffler) - With a clear, accessible format, the Smart About Art series kicks off with Edgar Degas: Paintings that Dance by Maryann Cocca-Leffler; Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies by True Kelley; and Vincent van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars by Joan Holub. Each presents factual information about each artist in the style of a school report, interjecting the narrative with the voice of a child writer. In Degas, for instance, "author" Kristin pastes in a photograph of herself in fourth position (aping one of Degas's sketches of a ballet dancer); in Monet, the narrator compares two paintings of the same scene, one by Renoir and one by Monet. Full-color photos and reproductions of the paintings illustrate the text. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Rare Beasts: Edgar & Ellen Series (Charles Ogden) - Young twins Edgar and Ellen make the Grinch look positively benevolent. Living alone in a spooky house in the town of Nod's Limbs (their parents are on an extended around-the-world holiday), the bug-eyed, matted-haired, disturbingly pale siblings amuse themselves by plotting dreadful schemes to torture the townspeople. Inspired by a TV show about the value of exotic animals, they decide to steal all the local pets, decorate them with old Christmas ornaments (Grinchy enough for ye?), and sell them at market price. If they became very rich from the proceeds, they could spray the soccer fields with fizzy cola from a hang glider, or erect a giant windmill to blow manure all over town, or buy a whole carnival and not let anyone else enjoy the games and rides! As they skulk around Nod's Limbs with giant sacks, they find it surprisingly easy to snatch puppies, kittens, bunnies, hamsters, and even a Burmese python. Let the basement transformation to Uggprons and Snifflepops begin! They lull themselves to sleep that night with the sound of weeping children mourning the loss of their beloved pets, "a steady, groaning noise rising up from the world outside." It seems that fans of the comic-goth genre (Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles) have another series in which to wallow, this time where the child protagonists are not victims but predators. Rick Carton's funny, artful pen-and-ink illustrations perfectly capture the Addams family feel of the story, from the pleading eyes of the neighborhood pets in the darkness of the "exotic animal emporium" cart to the tiny Turkle boys crawling through sewer pipes in the desperate search for their pet. Rare Beasts is the first book of the Edgar & Ellen Series. Also in the series: Tourist Trap; Under Town; Pet's Revenge; High Wire and Nod's Limbs; Hot Air; Frost Bites; and Split Ends. The Mischief Manual is a book written in the voice of the twins themselves. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Edgar

    Famous People Named Edgar

    Famous People Named Edgar - Edgar the Peaceful (King of England); Edgar of Scotland (King of Scotland); Edgar the Ætheling (last member of the Anglo-Saxon royal house of England); Edgar Bergen (ventriloquist); Edgar Buchanan (actor); Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of Tarzan); Edgar Degas (French painter); J. Edgar Hoover (former head of the FBI); Edgar Martínez (baseball player); Edgar Allan Poe (author); Edgar Varèse (French composer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Edgar

    Children of Famous People Named Edgar

    Famous People who Named their Son Edgar - Melissa Rivers (TV personality)

Personality of the Boy Name Edgar

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Edgar

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