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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 ad 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 As a nickname for Edward, Eddie has been replaced by Ted, Teddy, or Ned.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.

For more information, see also related boy names Edgar and Edmund.

There are 3 feminine forms of Edward: Edwardine, Edwina and Neda.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Edward name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Edward outside U.S.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edgar, Edison, Edmund, Eduardo, Edward, Edwardo, Ned in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ted, Teddy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eddie, Edison, Edward, Teddy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Edgard and Eward. These names tend to be less commonly used than Edward.