Meaning and name origin
Edward \e-dwa-rd, ed-ward\ as a boy's name is pronounced ED-werd. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Edward is "wealthy guard". From êad meaning "riches" and weard meaning "guard". Used in the royal family by three Anglo-Saxon kings and eight kings of England since the Norman Conquest. King Edward the Confessor (11th century) was also a saint and came to be venerated in Europe as a model of a Christian king. As a nickname for Edward, Eddie has been replaced by Ted, Teddy, or Ned. Photographer Edward Steichen; ballet dancer Edward Villella; American Senator Edward Kennedy; poet Edward Lear; artist Edouard Manet; Edward, Duke of Windsor; actors Edward Norton, Edward Burns.
Edward has 27 variant forms: Duarte, Eadbhard, Eadward, Ed▼, Eddie▼, Eddy▼, Edik, Edison▲, Edoardo, Edouard, Eduard, Eduarde, Eduardo▲, Edvard, Edvardas, Edwardo▼, Edwards, Eideard, Ekewaka, Eudard, Ewart, Lalo, Ned▼, Neddie, Ted▼, Teddie and Teddy▼.
Edward is a very popular first name for males (#19 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2888 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Edward for boys. Edward reached its highest rank of #8 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Edward and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Edward (#160), Eduardo (#261), Edgar (#300), Eddie (#590), Edison (#690), Teddy, Ted, Ned, Edmund, Eddy, Ed and Edwardo. (2014 statistics).