Meaning and Name Origin
Edwin \e-dwin, ed-win\ as a boys' name is pronounced ED-win. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Edwin is "wealthy friend". From êad meaning "riches" and wine meaning "friend". Saint Edwin (seventh century) was king of Northumbria and a martyr. Used occasionally in the 16th century, but modern use is mainly due to a 19th century revival. Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin; Attorney General Edwin Meese III.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Marvin.
Edwin has 1 feminine form: Edwina.
Edwin is a very prominent first name for men (#134 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#16556 out of 88799, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Edwin for boys. Edwin reached its top position of #53 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is currently at #297. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Edwin and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Edwin (#297 in 2014) are Ed, Eddie (#590 in 2014), Eddy, Edvin, Marvin (#492), Ned, Ted and Teddy. These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 and have become much less widespread since, with versions such as Eddie, Edwin, Marvin, Ted and Teddy falling out of fashion. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Edwin▼ is pronounced similarly to Adin, Eadin, Edan, Eden▲, Edin, Edon, Edun, Edyn and Odin▲. Other suggested similar baby names are Eldwin, Elwin▼, Erwin▼ and Ewin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Edwin.