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Cedric (/ˈsɛdrɪk/) is a masculine given name invented by Walter Scott in the 1819 novel Ivanhoe.[1]

The invented name is based on Cerdic, the name of a 6th-century Anglo-Saxon king (itself from Brittonic Coroticus).

The name was not popularly used until the children's book Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett was published in 1885 to 1886, the protagonist of which is called Cedric Errol. The book was highly successful, causing a fashion trend in children's formal dress in America and popularized the given name. People named Cedric born in the years following the novel's publication include British naval officer Cedric Holland (1889–1950), American war pilot Cedric Fauntleroy (1891–1973), Irish art director Austin Cedric Gibbons (1893–1960) and British actor Cedric Hardwicke (1893–1964).




  1. ^ Sir Walter Scott, Graham Tulloch (ed.), Ivanhoe, vol. 8 of The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, Edinburgh University Press, 1998, ISBN 9780748605736, "explanatory notes", p. 511.