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Edward 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". Used in the royal family by kings of England since before 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 As a nickname for Edward, Eddie has been replaced by Ted, Teddy, or Ned. Eduard is a French form; Eduardo is Spanish and Portuguese. 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 19 variant forms: Eadward, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edik, Edison, Edouard, Eduard, Eduardo, Edvard, Edvardas, Edwardo, Edwards, Ewart, Lalo, Ned, Neddie, Ted and Teddie.

For more information, see also the related name Duarte.

Baby names that sound like Edward are Edwards, Edwardo, Eduard and Eadward.

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Popularity of Edward

Edward is a very popular first name for men (#19 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2888 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Edward compared with its variant forms and related boy baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Edward only.

Popularity of name Edward
Popularity of Edward

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