I have an online friend that calls himself “Ned,” and I want to tease him by (hopefully) calling him by his real name. He said, “Ned” is his actual nickname so, what is “Ned” short for?
What Is “Ned” Short For?
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Ned is short for Edward, Edmund, Edmond, Edgar, Edwin, or Eddard (usually)
Names that started with “-Ed” became “Ned” because of the medieval affectionate phrase “mine” added before the names.
The final consonance of “mine” got carried to the names.
“Mine Edgar” → “Mine Ed” → “My Ned” → “Ned”
This made it easier to pronounce the names and added more intimacy to them.