Meaning and Origin of: Edwards
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First name origins & meanings:
- Old English : Rich guardian
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Last name origin & meaning:
- English (also common in Wales) : patronymic from Edward.
- One of the earliest American bearers of this very common English surname was William Edwards, the son of Rev. Richard Edwards, a London clergyman in the age of Elizabeth I, who came to New England about 1640. His descendant Jonathan (1703–58), of East Windsor, CT, was a prominent Congregational clergyman whose New England theology led to the first Great Awakening, a great religious revival.