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 As a nickname for Edward, Eddie has been replaced by Ted, Teddy, or Ned.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