Saturday, April 27, 2013
Cedric (SED-rik) is an Old English boy's name meaning "bounty, loved." The name was invented by Sir Walter Scott for his 1819 novel Ivanhoe. He may have been inspired by or misunderstood Cerdic, the Old English name of the Saxon king that founded the kingdom of Wessex, although this name could be Germanic or Welsh (from Cedrych, meaning "pattern of bounty," or "from Caradoc," (Caradoc meaning "love") in origin. Cedric was later used by Frances Hodgson Burnett in the 1886 children's novel Little Lord Fauntleroy. Most recently Cedric was used in the Harry Potter series for the character Cedric Diggory.
Cedric comes with the nicknames Ced and Ric. In 2011 Cedric ranked at #751, a decrease in popularity with the name given to 299 boys. It has been accounted for since 1890, but other spellings have been used as well, such as Cedrick, Cederick, Cedrik and Ceddrick. By 2016 the name fell a bit in popularity, at #914.
Cedric the Entertainer, the painter Sir Cedric Morris, and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are three well known namesakes. There have also been four American football players with the name. Dozens more have appeared from France to Jamaica to the Congo. You can also find Cedric as the name of a Franco-Belgian comic series.
Cedra, Cedrella and Cedrina may be Old English feminine versions of Cerdic. Cedrella was used as a Harry Potter name - Weasley nee Black.