Name: Edgar

Origin and Meaning of the Name Edgar

  • Meaning:
    Protector of the good
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (ed GAHR); (ed GUR)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Edgar)
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Miscellaneous Info for Edgar

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  • Used in:
    English, French and Polish speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    From the Anglo-Saxon 'ed' or German 't' - 'good, property, inheritance' and 'gar' or 'ger' meaning 'spear'. This combines in the meaning 'spear of prosperity', 'protector of the good (with the spear)'.

    Originally and English name which became renowned for the king Edgar; of the house of Wessex.

    Edgar is also a character in the play 'King Lear' by Shakespeare, and the novel 'Bride of Lammermoor' by Sir Walter Scott.

    Famous bearers include writer and pote Edgar Allen Poe, comedian and ventriloquist Edgar Bergan, artist Edgar Degas and musician Edgar Winter.

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