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Updated March 26, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Rich guardian

What does Edward mean and stand for?

The name Edward is of Old English origin and means "rich guardian." It is derived from the Old English elements ead, meaning "wealth, fortune" and weard, meaning "guard."

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How Popular Is The Name Edward

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.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Edward steadily declining for the past two decades. Despite the decline, its maintained a spot in the top 200 for quite some time.

However, it is the 10th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Edward was at its peak popularity in December 2019.

Edward is not only a royal name, but it also invokes images of vampire Edward Cullen from Twilight. It was the name of eight English kings and is currently held by Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son. Other notable namesakes include astronaut Edward H White II, broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, senator Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, whistleblower Edward Snowden, pirate Edward Teach (Blackbeard), poet Edward Lear, actor Edward "Eddie" Spears, and comedian Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy among various others. Abraham Lincoln, Joel McHale, Mel Gibson, and Megyn Kelly have all chosen the name Edward for their sons over the past few centuries. Aside from Edward Cullen, the name has appeared in countless other forms of entertainment, such as the Divergent series, Jane Eyre, Frankenweenie, and so much more.

Where is it Popular?

Edward was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Edward

  • Ed
  • Eddie
  • Ned
  • Neddy
  • Ted
  • Teddy

Pairs well with these middle names


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