What does Edward mean?
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 As a nickname for Edward, Eddie has been replaced by Ted, Teddy, or Ned.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▼.more]
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 #160. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Prominent alternative forms of Edward (#160 from recent data) appearing in the Top 1000 are Eduardo (#261 from recent data), Edgar (#300), Eddie (#590), Edison (#690), Teddy, Ted, Ned, Edmund, Eddy, Ed and Edwardo. Adoption of these forms of Edward reached its highest during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.614%) and has become significantly diminished since (usage 0.25%, ▼59%). Edward has generally been preferred by parents, though Eduardo has become popular as well, while forms such as Edwardo are now less common.
Thinking of names?
Edward is alike in pronunciation to Woodward. Other suggested similar baby names are Adalard, Adelard, Adlard, Alard, Alhard, Aliard, Allard, Asgard, Aylward, Bard, Bayard, Card, Dard, Derward, Earl▼, Eckard, Eckhard, Edan, Edd▼, Eder, Edgard, Edgardo▼, Edmar, Edmond▼, Edmwnd, Ednan, Edred, Edwin▼, Edwyn, Eilad, Einar▼, Einhard, Elford, Elgar, Ellard, Ellary, Elmar, Elrad, Elwood▼, Erhard, Erhart, Erland, Evald, Evart, Everard, Evrard, Evraud, 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.