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Gender: M Meaning of Edward: "wealthy guardian" Origin of Edward: English Edward's Popularity in 2013: #145

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Unlike perennials William, John and James, Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. This royal Anglo-Saxon standard is now benefiting from the popularity of the hot hero of the vampire sensation Twilight, Edward Cullen, who has given his name a new infusion of sex appeal.

Edward was the name of several Saxon and eight English kings, and is the name of the youngest son of the current queen. It was an early arrival in the New World--there were several Edwards in the Jamestown colony and six on the Mayflower.

Youngish actors Edwards Norton, Burns and Furlong help keep the name's image fresh. Parents today are more likely to prefer nicknames Ted or Ned to the traditional Ed or Eddie--or, just as likely, to use the name in full.

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Famous People Named Edward

Edward "Ed" Christopher Sheeran, English singer/songwriter
Edward "Eddie" Redmayne, British actor and model
Edward Harrison "Ed" Norton, American actor
Edward Elgar, English composer
Edward Fox, English actor
Edward "Ted" Kennedy, United States senator
Edward Lear, English artist and writer
Edward "Eddie" Spears, American actor
Edward "Eddie" Murphy, American actor and comedian
Edward "Eddie" Vedder, American musician
Edward "Eddie" Van Halen, American musician
Edward "Eddie" Rabbitt, American singer
Edward "Eddie" Cibrian, American actor
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, Canadian-American Senator
Edward Gibson, son of actor Mel Gibson
Edward Baker Lincoln (1846-'50), Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln's son
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Edward Woodward, English actor
Edward "Ted" Heath, British Prime Minister
Edward Deci, renowned professor of psychology
Edward Teller, Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist
Edward Witten, American theoretical physicist
Edward Routh, English mathematician
Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick Grimes, twin from duo "Jedward"
Harry Edward Styles, member of boy band One Direction
Edward Roy McHale, son of American actor Joel McHale
Edward Gorey, American author and illustrator

Pop Culture References for the Name Edward

Edward Remus Lupin "Teddy", son of Nymphadora and Remus in the Harry Potter series
Edward Cullen, from the Twilight series books and films, portrayed by Robert Pattinson in films.
Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton movie
Edward Fairfax Rochester, the Byronic hero of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" (1847)
Edward, Minor character in "Divergent" series
Edward Elric, character in the manga/anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Edward Nigma, a villain operating under the alias "Riddler" in Batman
Edward, a train from Thomas & Friends
Edward Frankenstein, character in Disney movie "Frankenweenie"
Edward Hyde, Dr Jekyll's alter ego in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edward Murrow, from the movie "Good Night, and Good Luck"

Eadward, Ed, Edd, Eddie, Eddy, Edik, Edison, Edson, Edvardas, Edwald, Ewart, Lalo, Ned, Neddy, Ted, Teddy

Edward's International Variations

Ede (Dutch) Eatu (Finnish) Edouard (French) Eduard (German) Ekewak (Hawaiian) Eadbhard (Irish) Edoardo (Italian) Duarte (Portuguese) Edvard (Russian) Eideard, Eudard (Scottish Gaelic) Eduardo (Spanish)