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Gender: M Meaning of Edward: "wealthy guardian" Origin of Edward: English Edward's Popularity in 2015: #158

Unlike perennials William, John and James, Edward is a classic that moves in and out of fashion. This royal Anglo-Saxon standard has benefited in recent years 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.

Famous People Named Edward

Edward the Confessor, King of England
Edward the Elder, King of England
Edward the Martyr, King of England
Edward I-VIII, King of England
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex, Prince of the United Kingdom
Edward Harrison "Ed" Norton, American actor
Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, English composer
Edward Charles Morice Fox, English actor
Edward Lear, English artist and poet
Edward R. Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow), American broadcaster
Edward "Eddie" Spears, American actor
Edward "Ed" Christopher Sheeran, English singer-songwriter
Edward John David "Eddie" Redmayne, English actor and model
Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy, American actor and comedian
Edward Louis Severson, birth name of musician Eddie Vedder of band Pearl Jam
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen, American guitarist of band Van Halen
Edward Thomas "Eddie" Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter
Edward Carl "Eddie" Cibrian, American actor
Edward Reilly Stettinius, Jr., U.S. Secretary of State
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, Canadian-born U.S. Senator from Texas
Edward Teach aka Blackbeard, English pirate
Edward Albert Arthur Woodward, English actor
Edward Richard George "Ted" Heath, British Prime Minister
Edward Samuel "Ed" Miliband, English MP and Labour leader
Edward John "Eddie" Izzard, English comedian
Edward Teller, Hungarian-American theoretical physicist
Edward Witten, American theoretical physicist
Edward John Routh, English mathematician
Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick Grimes, Irish singer of duo Jedward, twin brother of John Grimes
Edward St. John Gorey, American children's author and illustrator
Edward Joseph "Ed" Snowden, American leaker of NSA secrets
Edward "Ned" Low, English pirate
Edward H White II, American astronaut
Edward Drinker Cope, American paleontologist
Edward Otho Cresap Ord, American engineer and Army officer
Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Edward Gibson, son of actor Mel Gibson
Edward "Eddie" Roy McHale, son of American actor Joel McHale
Edward Alexander "Aleister" Crowley, occultist and founder of the religion and philosophy of Thelema

Pop Culture References for the name Edward

Edward Fairfax Rochester, character in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"
Edward Cullen, main character in the Twilight series
"Edward Scissorhands," 1990 movie and main character
Edward, minor character in Divergent series
Edward Elric, character in the manga/anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Edward Nigma aka The Riddler, character in the Batman series
Edward the Blue Engine, train on animated series "Thomas & Friends"
Edward Frankenstein, character in animated movie "Frankenweenie"
Edward Hyde, Dr Jekyll's alter ego in R.L. Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"
Edward Remus "Teddy" Lupin, son of Nymphadora and Remus in the Harry Potter series
Edward, Prince of Andalasia, character in movie "Enchanted"
Edward Allan "Eddie" Brock aka Venom, character in the Spider-Man series
Edward Richtofen, character in the Call of Duty video game series
Edward, platypus in animated series "Camp Lazlo"
Edward, character in video game "Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn"
Edward aka Death, character in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edward Ferrars, character in Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"
Edward Elizabeth Hitler, character on British sitcom "Bottom"
Edward James Kenway, main character in video game "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag"
Edward Mars, character on TV's "Lost"
Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate, character in anime "One Piece"
Edward "Stubbs" Stubblefield, character in video game "Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse"
Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, character in anime "Cowboy Bebop"
Edward Chris von Muir, character in video game "Final Fantasy IV"
Edward Travilla, Elsie Dinsmore's husband in Elsie Dinsmore series
Edward Travilla, Elsie DinsmoreTravilla's son in Elsie Dinsmore series
Edward "Ned" Hearne, main character in G. A. Henty's, Under Drake's Flag
Edward "Ned" Martin, main character in G. A. Henty's, By Pike and Dyke
Edward Lewis, leading man in "Pretty Woman"

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

Edward's International Variations

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