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What does Edward mean?

Edward \e-dwa-rd, ed-ward\ as a boys' 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 As a nickname for Edward, Eddie has been replaced by Ted, Teddy, or Ned.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 variants: 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 on this name, see also related boy names Edgar and Edmund.

Edward has 4 more different forms via Ted, Teddy: Tedd, Teddey, Tedric and Tedrick.

Edward has 3 feminine forms: Edwardine, Edwina and Neda.


Edward is a very popular first name for men (#19 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#6074 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Edward for boys. Edward reached its peak position of #8 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is presently at #160. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Edward (#160 last year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Eduardo (#261 last year), Edgar (#300), Eddie (#590), Edison (#690), Teddy, Ted, Ned, Edmund, Eddy, Ed and Edwardo. Adoption of these boy names reached its highest during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.6144%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.2499%, down 59.3%), with forms like Eddie, Edgar, Ed, Edwardo and Eddy becoming somewhat dated. Edison (#690) and Eduardo (#261) are two of the more fashionable baby names here, with Edison enjoying a rekindling in popularity. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Edward and corresponding names. (2014 Birth 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, Edward, Teddy outside U.S.

Similar Names

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