Meaning and Origin of: Edward

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Rich guardian

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from the Middle English personal name Edward, Old English Ēadward, composed of the elements ēad‘prosperity’, ‘fortune’ + w(e)ard ‘guard’. The English personal name also became popular on the Continent as a result of the fame of the two canonized kings of England, Edward the Martyr (962–79) and Edward the Confessor (1004–66). They certainly contributed largely to its great popularity in England.

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