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Protector of riches; Protected and blessed
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Edmund
Edmund is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names we have. It comes from the Olde English Ēadmund, composed of the Germanic elements “ead” (rich, blessed) and “mund” (protector). The name has significant historical value in England having been borne by two kings. Edmund I is considered by many historians the 2nd monarch to rule over a unified English kingdom in the mid-10th century (although his rule would be cut short by his murder at the hands of an exiled theif). The other Anglo-Saxon King of England came in the early 11th century (1016) with Edmund Ironside (Edmund II) who earned his “Ironside” nickname due to his bravery against the invading Danes under the leadership of Canute. After two decisive battles wherein each defeated the other, an agreement was reached to divide the kingdom – Edmund II would rule Wessex to the south, and Canute would rule Mercia and Northumbria to the north – and whoever outlived the other would inherit the entire kingdom upon his death. Unfortunately a pact like that has one glaring flaw – it encourages murder! Edmund Ironside would die under mysterious circumstances and the whole of England was passed to the Danish Canute. Edmund was one of the few Anglo-Saxon names that persisted in usage even after the Norman Conquest of 1066. In more modern times it was famously borne by English poet and author of “The Fairie Queene”, Edmund Spencer (1552-1599), as well as New Zealander Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first man (along with his Nepalese Sherpa) to summit Mt. Everest (1958).
Popularity of the Name Edmund
For a very long time Edmund was high-moderate favorite boy’s name in the United States, pretty much maintaining Top 200 positioning from the late 19th century on up through the 1930s. From that point on, Edmund dropped an average about 100 positions per decade until becoming obsolete in the late 1990s. In fact, 1997 marks the last year Edmund could even claim Top 1000 status in the country. In other words, Edmund has pretty much dropped off the American radar and is now a name barely (if ever) used. It’s considered a little too old-fashioned and outdated by today’s more modern standards; and, while some other “old-manish” names have managed to make a comeback in the 21st century, Edmund is not one of them. Do we think Edmund is gone forever? Doubtful. After all, this name has over 1,500 years of usage under his belt! It would be a shame to see him go.
Popularity of the Boy Name Edmund
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Edmund
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Edmund
Edmund (King Lear) Edmund is the main antagonist in King Lear, perhaps William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, written between 1603 and 1606. He is the illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester, whose plan to remedy this situation is to murder both his father and his brother in his attempt to become Earl. His machinations lead him to meddle in the nefarious affairs of Lear’s younger daughters, Goneril and Regan, flirting with them both in attempting to divide them against each other. He is also instrumental in ordering the deaths of Lear and Cordelia. At play’s end, there are lots of dead bodies, and Edmund is responsible for many of them. As dastardly (bastardly?) as his deeds are, we cannot help but have some sympathy for this ill-used and overlooked son. Edmund himself, unlike other Shakespearean villains, comes to admit to and try to nullify the consequences of his evil-doings. It is, alas, too late, and he dies without that redemption. Nonetheless, he has tried: "Some good I mean to do, despite of my own nature."
Edmund Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) Edmund Pevensie is a major character in C. S. Lewis’ series of fantasy novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, published between 1950 and 1956, perhaps the most famous of which is the first, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The four Pevensie children have been sent from London to the English countryside to escape the Blitz during World War II. In their host’s home, they find access to the enchanted kingdom of Narnia through a door in the wardrobe. Edmund is a delightfully awful child for a good deal of the time, and actually betrays his siblings in his greed for the magic candy that the wicked White Witch tempts him with. It is Aslan, the Narnian lion, who sacrifices himself on Edmund’s behalf. Edmund sees the light and, after many adventures and battles, rescues Narnia from the witch’s power and is crowned King, called “Edmund the Just”. He was just a tad more interesting when he was such a bad boy.
Popular Songs on Edmund
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - a song by Gordon Lightfoot
Children's Books on the Baby Name Edmund
The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis) - ~ Narnia … the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy … the place where adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever. Enter this enchanted world countless times in The Chronicles of Narnia. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell (Kathy-Jo Wargin) - Leaving port from Superior, Wisconsin on a sunny November day, the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald is looking forward to a routine crossing of deep Lake Superior. Heading for a port in Cleveland, the giant transport ship is loaded with ore that will be used to build cars. But disaster is building in the wind as a gale storm begins to track after the great ship. This suspenseful retelling of the last hours of the doomed vessel pays homage to all sailors who traverse deep waters, in fair skies and foul. Atmospheric paintings from award-winning artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen bring the story to life. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Edmund
Famous People Named Edmund - Edmund Hillary (New Zealander, first to summit Mt. Everest in 1953); Edmund Spenser (16th century English poet, author of “The Fairie Queene”); Edmund I (10th century King of the Anglo-Saxons); Edmund Ironside (11th century King of England)
Children of Famous People Named Edmund
Famous People who Named Their Son Edmund - Ben Kingsley (actor)
Personality of the Boy Name Edmund
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Edmund