Edmund Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Edmund:
Derived from the Old English Eadmund (wealthy protection), a compound name composed of the elements ēad (prosperity, wealth) and mund (hand, protection). The name was borne by a 9th-century East Anglian king killed by invading Danes for refusing to share his Christian kingdom with them. He was revered as a martyr, and his cult quickly spread to the Continent.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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My 5 year old son's name is Edmund. I fell in love with the name after reading The Chronicles of Narnia books when I was younger. I decided then if I had a boy I'd name him Edmund. I thought I'd have to convince my husband about the name, but with several Edwards to honor in the family he went for it. The name fits my son and so far we've gotten nothing but "cool name" when we introduce him.
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My husband's name is Edmund, born in 1970. His name, Edmund John, was a very grown up name, so he has gone by Eddie most of his life (everyone assumes his name is Edward). I always swore I wouldn't marry an Eddie, Tommy, Johnny, Timmy or Billy, but...oops, my bad. I love the name Edmund; it makes me think of dashing Elizabethan or Victorian England era heroes. Our son has Edmund as a middle name.
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Ed, Ned, Ted, Eddie, Teddy, Nemo
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Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish political theorist and philosopher
Edmond Halley, British astronomer and the namesake of Halley's comet
Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand explorer. He and his mountain guide, Tenzing Norgay, were the first climbers known to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Edmund Husserl, Austrian founder of the philosophical school of thought known as phenomenology
Edmund Spenser, English poet (The Faerie Queene)
Edmund Patrick Cahill or best known as Eddie P. Cahill, american actor (CSI:NY, Friends, Felicity, Under The Dome -soon-)
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Edmund, the jealous illegitimate brother in William Shakespeare's drama King Lear
Edmund Pevensie, youngest boy in the Pevensie family, C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia
Edmund Bertram, character in Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Edmund Blackadder, lead character in UK comedy Blackadder
Edmund Grey, character in the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"