Meaning: “rich protector.”
The name is composed of the Anglo-Saxon elements, ead (wealth; riches) and mund (protector).
The name was quite common in Medieval England, both before and after the Norman conquest, and remained common all the way up until this century.
It was borne by two English kings and by two saints.
The highest the name has ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1913, when Edmund was the 130th most popular male name. As of 2009, he does not even rank in the U.S. top 1000.
Other forms of the name include:
Edmé (French: archaic)
Feminine forms include:
Ed, Eddie, Ned (Dutch/English)
Notable bearers include: English poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599); Czech philosopher, Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) and New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)
The designated name-days are:
October 6 (Estonia); October 16 (Poland); October 30 (Poland); November 20 (Poland); December 1 (Poland/Slovakia); March 18 (Sweden).