From the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and mund "protection". This was the name of two Anglo-Saxon kings of England. It was also borne by two saints, including a 9th-century king of East Anglia who, according to tradition, was shot to death with arrows after refusing to divide his Christian kingdom with an invading pagan Danish leader. This Old English name remained in use after the Norman conquest (even being used by king Henry III for one of his sons), though it became less common after the 15th century.
Famous bearers of the name include the English poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), the German-Czech philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) and New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008), the first person to climb Mount Everest. - quoted from Behind The Name
In the late 1800's the name Edmund was rated in the top 100 in the USA, France and England and Wales but since then it hasn't been popular at all. I've only known one or two Edmunds, older men, both called Ed.
Quite awhile ago I wrote a post all about the reasons why Edmund is my favorite boys name. Since then Edmund is still a favorite but Emmett has started to rival it. My favorite Edmund combo is still Edmund Laurence, but I also like Edmund Henry and Edmund Oliver.
What do you think of the name Edmund?
Do you know anyone with this name?
What other names would you pair it with?