Names That Mean Guardian

  1. Edward
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "wealthy guardian"
    • Description:

      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.
  2. Teddy
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Theodore or Edward
    • Meaning:

      "gift of God or wealthy guardian"
    • Description:

      Teddy is in some ways one of those midcentury boys' nicknames -- like Jimmy or Bobby or Billy -- yet because it was never that popular, it feels timeless too. The preferred short form of Theodore these days may be Theo and of Edward may be....Edward, but Teddy can work adorably for either and grows up to Ted. And of course, let's not forget the inevitable teddy bear.
  3. Howard
    • Origin:

      German or English
    • Meaning:

      "high guardian or brave heart"
    • Description:

      Howard, once hugely popular -- in the Top 50 from the 1870s to early 1950s, hitting Number 24 in 1920 -- has been stuck in Dad-Grandad limbo for decades, but is showing some signs of stirring back to life. Along with such formerly-fusty names as George and Harold, Howard may soon feel baby-appropriate, perhaps with the short form Ward.
  4. Ned
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of Edward
    • Meaning:

      "wealthy guardian"
    • Description:

      Ned is a gently old-fashioned Nancy Drew-Bobbsey Twins-era short form for Edward that sounds cooler than Ed and is enjoying a small style renaissance.
  5. Argus
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "watchful guardian"
    • Description:

      In mythology, a creature with a hundred eyes, making it a better name for a camera than a baby.
  6. Ranger
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "forest guardian"
    • Description:

      The list of occupational boys' names continues to expand, and this is one of the latest to ride onto the range. And, as trends collide, it also has the popular western, cowboyish feel. A much better choice than the increasingly (and scarily) heard Danger.
  7. Arcturus
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "bear guardian"
    • Description:

      The brightest star in the constellation Boötes, and the third-brightest in the night sky. According to Greek myth, Arcturus was placed in the sky by Zeus to protect the two bears — the adjacent constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor — hence the name’s meaning of "bear guardian".
  8. Eddy
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Edward
    • Meaning:

      "wealthy guardian"
    • Description:

      Eddy, recently used by Celine Dion for one of her twin boys, was chosen to honor Eddy Marnay, who produced her first five records. Though less common a nickname for Edward than Eddie, Eddy is used more often on its own.
  9. Iolo
    • Origin:

      Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "weathy lord"
    • Description:

      Rhythmic Welsh nickname name, derived from the Welsh royal name Iorwerth, which has sometimes been anglicized as Edward.
  10. Eduardo
    • Origin:

      Spanish and Italian variation of Edward
    • Meaning:

      "wealthy guardian"
    • Description:

      A stalwart of Latin nomenclature that could work just as well for Anglos. Proof lies with the celebrity birth announcement — Hilaria and Alec Baldwin named their fifth child Eduardo Pau Lucas in 2020. This doesn't seem to have much impact on other parents, though: over 900 boys received the name in 2021, but the number is steadily decreasing.
  11. Ichigo
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "strawberry; one guardian"
    • Description:

      Ichigo is a unisex — but primarily male — Japanese name. As a male name, it is typically written in kanji giving it the meaning "one guardian" (which can be interpreted to mean "best guardian"). As a female name, it references strawberries.
  12. Folke
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "people's guardian"
    • Description:

      Folke - which has two syllables - is a Top 100 name in its native Sweden, but rarely heard elsewhere. A related alternative is Fulk, popular with the Normans but little-used now.
  13. Duarte
    • Origin:

      Portuguese variation of Edward, English
    • Meaning:

      "wealthy guardian"
    • Description:

      Incredibly handsome and super smooth, Duarte sounds like it came straight out of a romance novel. You almost wouldn’t believe it’s derived from Edward.
  14. Ewart
    • Origin:

      English occupational surname or Norman variation of Edward
    • Meaning:

      "shepherd; wealthy guardian"
    • Description:

      Ewart has long been extinct as a first name, and the prominent placement of "ew" and "wart" probably has something to do with it. Ewart originated as a Norman form of Edward and an occupational surname name. The surname was related to the Middle English word ewehirde, from the Old English components meaning "ewe" and "herdsman."
  15. Hayward
    • Origin:

      English occupational name
    • Meaning:

      "guardian of the hedged enclosure"
    • Description:

      Possible Hayden alternative.
  16. Ranger
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "forest guardian"
    • Description:

      The range of occupational baby names is ever expanding, and Ranger is a recent addition to the list. It feels both natural—reminiscent of park rangers—and western and rugged, as in the Lone Ranger. If you're making a choice between Ranger and Danger, we suggest the less aggressive former.
  17. Sigurdur
    • Origin:

      Icelandic from Norse
    • Meaning:

      "guardian of victory"
    • Description:

      Top 50 Icelandic name with the charming nickname Siggy.
  18. Sigurður
    • Origin:

      Icelandic from Norse
    • Meaning:

      "guardian of victory"
    • Description:

      Sigurður is a common name in Iceland, ultimately derived from the Old Norse elements sig, meaning "victory," and vard, "guardian."
  19. Hayward
    • Origin:

      English occupational surname
    • Meaning:

      "guardian of the hedged enclosure"
    • Description:

      An appealing alternative to Hayden and Hayes, perhaps in homage to Old Hollywood actress Rita Hayward.