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Of English origin.

Short for Edward or Edmund.

Ned means “wealthy guardian” or “fortunate protector” due to the word elements’ meanings combined to create the names Edward and Edmund.

The name might also be the outcome of a linguistic process called “rebracketing” when the affectionate expression “mine Ed” was interpreted as “my Ned”.

Other forms of the name are Edward, Edmund, Neddie.

Famous bearers are Ned Beatty, Ned Glass, Ned Vizzini, Ned Bellamy, Ned Eisenberg, Ned Vaughn, Ned Kelly.