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What does Edwards mean?

Edwards Pronunciation of Edwards [ed-wards] as a boys' name is of Old English derivation, and Edwards means "wealthy guard". Edwards is a variant form of Edward (Old English).

Associated with: old english, wealthy, guard (defender).


12 alternative forms via Edward: Eadward, Edoardo, Edouard, Eduard, Eduarde, Eduardo, Edvard, Edvardas, Edwardo, Eideard, Eudard and Ewart.

Creative forms:
(male) Edard, Sewards, ..


Middle name pairings:
Edwards Keshawn (E.K.), ..

How popular is Edwards?

Edwards is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#53 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Edwards (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000 are Eduardo (#251 last year), Edward (#158), Edwardo and Ewart. These forms of Edwards were at the top of their popularity in the 1880s (usage of 2.11%) and are now much less common (usage 0.21%, 90%), with the form Edward becoming less fashionable. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eduardo, Edward, Edwardo, Ewart in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Eckard, Eckardt, Edgar, Edgard, Edgardo, Edmar, Ellard, Erhard, Erhardt, Evarts, Evrard, Ewald and Eward. These names tend to be more frequently used than Edwards.

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