What exactly is a wealthy spear? Well, Edgar’s meaning is most likely associated with a prosperous and skilled spearman during the Middle Ages. Especially popular today with Latino parents, Edgar was the name of kings and a famous poet (Edgar Allan Poe) and has been a mainstay on the baby-name charts since the 19th century. Like the prefix for Edwin, its meaning is based on the Old English “ead,” meaning “wealthy”; the second half, “gar,” means “spear.”
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Known as Edgar the Peaceful, this royal ruled England from 959 until his death in 975. He became king at age 16, after the death of his older brother, Eadwig, who had become king when their father, Edmund, died. Edgar's coronation in Bath was so well received that it became the template for future coronations and is still followed today. The young king was called “peaceful” for good reason: Rather than encourage political rivalry among the kings throughout England, Edgar sought to unify all the kingdoms and stabilize the country.
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