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Gender: M Meaning of Edwin: "wealthy friend" Origin of Edwin: English Edwin's Popularity in 2013: #282

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Some might be surprised to learn that there were over 1200 little Edwins born last year, bringing it to Number 282, since on the surface it seems less stylish than Edward or Edmund. But Edwin has been a consistent presence on the popularity list, rarely ranking under 200.

The most famous Edwin in history was a seventh century martyr called Edwin of Northumbria, and in literature is familiar from the protagonist of Charles Dickens' first novel, Edwin Drood.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin's was born Edwin, and fellow astronaut Frank Borman honored him by using Edwin for his son..

Famous People Named Edwin

Edwin McCain, American musician
Edwin Howard Armstrong, American inventor
Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, American astronaut
Edwin Hubble, astronomer, Hubble Telescope is named after him
Edwin Herbert Land (1909-91), US inventor of Polaroid
Edwin Hall, American physicist
Edwin 'Eddie' Carlos Colon, Professional wrestler in WWE
Edwin Francisco, Latino actor
Edwin 'Win' Butler, Arcade Fire lead singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Edwin

Edwin Epps, sadistic slaveowner in 12 Years a Slave (2013 film)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens's final novel
Edwin Leeford, Oliver Twist's father (betrayed his mother, Agnes)
Dr. Edwin Jenner, minor character from season 2 of 'The Walking Dead'
Edwin Slippery, character on "Fortysomething"

Eadwinn, Ed, Eddy, Edlin, Ned, Neddy, Ted

Edwin's International Variations

Edvin, Edvino (Eastern European) Eduin, Eduino (Spanish) Edwyn (Welsh)