What does Edward mean?
Edward [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 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 As a nickname for Edward, Eddie has been replaced by Ted, Teddy, or Ned.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 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▼.Creative forms:
(male) Elward, Erward, ..
(female) Edwardes, Edwardia, .. Middle name pairings:
Edward Kamden (E.K.), ..
How popular is Edward?
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. Demographics)
Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Edward for boys. Edward reached its peak position of #8 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #158. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Edward (#158 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000 are Eduardo (#251 from recent data), Edgar (#317), Edison (#632), Eddie (#668), Edmund (#1109), Eddy (#1433), Teddy (#1708), Teddie, Ted, Ewart, Ed, Edwardo and Ned. Usage of these forms of Edward reached its highest during 1880-1889 (usage of 2.9%) and has become significantly diminished since (usage 0.33%, ▼89%). Edward has generally been preferred by parents, though Edison has become popular as well, while forms such as Ned are now less common.
Edward▼ is alike in pronunciation to Woodward. Other suggested similar names are Adalard, Adelard, Adlard, Alard, Alhard (see Allard), Aliard, Allard, Asgard, Aylward, Bard, Bayard, Card, Dard, Derward, Earl▼, Eckard, Eckhard, Edan, Edd▼, Eder, Edgard, Edgardo▼, Edmar, Edmond▼, Edmwnd (see Edmund), Ednan, Edred, Edwin▼, Edwyn, Eilad, Einar, Einhard, Elford, Elgar, Ellard, Ellary, Elmar, Elrad, Elwood▼, Erhard, Erhart, Erland, Evald, Evart, Everard, Evrard, Evraud (see Everard), Ewald, Ewan, Eward, Ewert, Ezar, Gard, Gerard▼, Godard, Goddard, Halward, Haward, Hayward, Hazard, Hobard, Howard▼, Jarard, Jerard, Kenward, Lenard▼, Menard, Norward, Renard, Ricard, Rikard, Seward, Sewerd and Siward. These names tend to be less frequently used than Edward.See names in meaning and etymology.