"wealthy guardian"

Edward Origin and Meaning

The name Edward is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wealthy guardian".

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 cool.

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.

The Edward name meaning most referenced is "wealthy guardian," as it is derived from elements meaning "rich" and "guard," however, the combined meaning may be a modern interpretation.

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 the ElderKing of England
  • Edward the MartyrKing of England
  • Edward the ConfessorKing of England
  • Edward IVI, Kings of England
  • (Albert) Edward VIIKing of the United Kingdom
  • Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David)King of the United Kingdom, Duke of Windsor
  • Edward Moore "Ted" KennedyU.S. Senator from Massachusetts
  • Edward H White IIAmerican astronaut
  • Edward R. Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow)American broadcaster
  • Edward Antony Richard LouisEarl of Wessex, Prince of the United Kingdom
  • Rafael Edward "Ted" CruzCanadian,born U.S. Senator from Texas
  • Edward Joseph "Ed" SnowdenAmerican leaker of NSA secrets
  • Edward Teach aka BlackbeardEnglish pirate
  • Edward Harrison "Ed" NortonAmerican actor
  • Edward William Elgar1st Baronet, English composer
  • Edward Charles Morice FoxEnglish actor
  • Edward LearEnglish artist and poet
  • Edward "Eddie" SpearsAmerican actor
  • Edward Christopher "Ed" SheeranEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Edward John David "Eddie" RedmayneEnglish actor and model
  • Edward Regan "Eddie" MurphyAmerican actor and comedian
  • Edward Louis Seversonbirth name of musician Eddie Vedder of band Pearl Jam
  • Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van HalenAmerican guitarist of band Van Halen
  • Edward Thomas "Eddie" RabbittAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Edward Carl "Eddie" CibrianAmerican actor
  • Edward Reilly StettiniusJr., U.S. Secretary of State
  • Edward Albert Arthur WoodwardEnglish actor
  • Edward Richard George "Ted" HeathBritish Prime Minister
  • Edward Samuel "Ed" MilibandEnglish MP and Labour leader
  • Edward John "Eddie" IzzardEnglish comedian
  • Edward TellerHungarian,American theoretical physicist
  • Edward WittenAmerican theoretical physicist
  • Edward John RouthEnglish mathematician
  • Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick GrimesIrish singer of duo Jedward, twin brother of John Grimes
  • Edward St. John GoreyAmerican children's author and illustrator
  • Edward "Ned" LowEnglish pirate
  • Edward Drinker CopeAmerican paleontologist
  • Edward Perronet (17261792), hymnist
  • Edward Osler (17981863), hymnist
  • Edward Hayes Plumptre (18211891), hymnist
  • Edward Otho Cresap OrdAmerican engineer and Army officer
  • Edward Alexander "Aleister" Crowleyoccultist and founder of the religion and philosophy of Thelema
  • Edward M. "Teddy" SearsAmerican actor
  • Edward Franklin AlbeeAmerican vaudeville impresario
  • Edward "Ed" WarrenAmerican paranormal investigator
  • Edward Baker Lincolnson of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
  • Edward Gibson (b. 1982)son of actor Mel Gibson; twin of brother Christian
  • Edward Roy "Eddie" McHale (b. 2005)son of actor Joel McHale
  • Edward "Yates" Brunt (b. 2009)son of TV journalist Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt
  • Edward "Duke" Rancic (b. 2012)son of TV personalities Bill and Giuliana Rancic
  • Edward Marsiaj (b. 2013)son of model and actress Eva Herzigová and Gregorio Marsiaj
  • Edward Aszard Rasberry (b. 2016)son of actress Tatyana Ali and Vaughn Rasberry

Edward in Pop Culture

  • Edward Fairfax Rochestercharacter in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"
  • Edward Cullenmain character in the Twilight series
  • "Edward Scissorhands" 1990 movie and main character
  • Edwardminor character in Divergent series
  • Edward Elriccharacter in the manga/anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
  • Edward Nigma aka The Riddlercharacter in the Batman series
  • Edward the Blue Enginetrain on animated series "Thomas & Friends"
  • Edward Frankensteincharacter in animated movie "Frankenweenie"
  • Edward HydeDr Jekyll's alter ego in R.L. Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"
  • Edward Remus "Teddy" Lupinson of Nymphadora and Remus in the Harry Potter series
  • EdwardPrince of Andalasia, character in movie "Enchanted"
  • Edward Allan "Eddie" Brock aka Venomcharacter in the Spider,Man series
  • Edward Richtofencharacter in the Call of Duty video game series
  • Edwardplatypus in animated series "Camp Lazlo"
  • Edwardcharacter in video game "Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn"
  • Edward aka Deathcharacter in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Edward Ferrarscharacter in Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"
  • Edward Elizabeth Hitlercharacter on British sitcom "Bottom"
  • Edward James Kenwaymain character in video game "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag"
  • Edward Marscharacter on TV's "Lost"
  • Edward "Whitebeard" Newgatecharacter in anime "One Piece"
  • Edward "Stubbs" Stubblefieldcharacter in video game "Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse"
  • Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IVcharacter in anime "Cowboy Bebop"
  • Edward Chris von Muircharacter in video game "Final Fantasy IV"
  • Edward TravillaElsie Dinsmore's husband in Elsie Dinsmore series
  • Edward TravillaElsie DinsmoreTravilla's son in Elsie Dinsmore series
  • Edward "Ned" Hearnemain character in G. A. Henty's, Under Drake's Flag
  • Edward "Ned" Martinmain character in G. A. Henty's, By Pike and Dyke
  • Edward Lewisleading man in "Pretty Woman"
  • Edward Clariss aka Rivalcharacter on TV's "The Flash"
  • Edward "Ned" Leedscharacter in the movie "Spider,Man: Homecoming"
  • Edward "Ed" Zamsacharacter in webcomic "UndeadEd"
  • Edward Aldersoncharacter in "Mr. Robot"
  • "The Trouble with Edward" episode of Star Trek: Short Treksthat will air on October 10, 2019 about Edward Larkin, an ornery scientist who believes he has found a revolutionary
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  • Edward MurdstoneDavid Copperfield's stepfather in Charles Dicken's "David Copperfield"
  • Edward Pikemancharacter in the Rooster Teeth animated series "Camp Camp"
  • Anthony Edward Stark aka Iron Man
  • Edward Walter StarkTony Stark's granddaughter

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