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Gender: Male Meaning of Edward: "wealthy guardian" Origin of Edward: English Edward's Popularity in 2017: #169

The name Edward is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wealthy guardian". Edward is ranked #169 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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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 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.

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 Elder, King of England
Edward the Martyr, King of England
Edward the Confessor, King of England
Edward I-VI, Kings of England
Edward Perronet (1726-1792), hymnist
Edward Osler (1798-1863), hymnist
Edward Hayes Plumptre (1821-1891), hymnist
(Albert) Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David), King of the United Kingdom, Duke of Windsor
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Edward H White II, American astronaut
Edward R. Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow), American broadcaster
Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex, Prince of the United Kingdom
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, Canadian-born U.S. Senator from Texas
Edward Joseph "Ed" Snowden, American leaker of NSA secrets
Edward Teach aka Blackbeard, English pirate
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 "Eddie" Spears, American actor
Edward Christopher "Ed" 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
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 "Ned" Low, English pirate
Edward Drinker Cope, American paleontologist
Edward Otho Cresap Ord, American engineer and Army officer
Edward Alexander "Aleister" Crowley, occultist and founder of the religion and philosophy of Thelema
Edward M. "Teddy" Sears, American actor
Edward Franklin Albee, American vaudeville impresario
Edward "Ed" Warren, American paranormal investigator
Edward Baker Lincoln, son 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 Lee, celebrity chef, based in Louisville, Kentucky
Edward "Eddie" Van Halen, Guitarist for Van Halen

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"
Edward Clariss aka Rival, character on TV's "The Flash"
Edward "Ned" Leeds, character in the movie "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
Edward "Ed" Zamsa, character in webcomic "UndeadEd"
Edward Alderson, character in "Mr. Robot"

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)


ambgs Says:


I've loved the name since I was about fifteen because of Edward Van Halen. But I know when I name my kid this everyone is going to be like "Oh you named him after Edward Cullen from Twilight." ...Nope I did not. But I still find this name amazing and my boyfriend and I are thinking of pairing it Edward Michael.

Violet_Rose Says:


So handsome and strong, which biblical name might work as a middle in your opinion? I like Jeremiah, Hezekiah, Gemariah, and Nehemiah, but it doesn't necessarily have to me a "iah" ending lol

beachbear Says:


Even though "Twilight" put Edward on my radar (I was a young teen when it came out), I managed to love the name while still disliking the character. I agree about the increased sex appeal "Twilight" gave it for people in my generation, but Edward is a good name in its own right which does not need to be boosted or blacklisted by a controversial book series.

JustineAndNames Says:


I really liked this name during my Twilight phase, and kinda forgot about it when I went out of it. But lately this name has been crossing my mind and I love it again, and when I hear Edward, I don't actually associate it with the twilight character, but even if I did, that wouldn't bother me.
Only problem is that I don't like the nn Ed/Eddie.

Lourdes12 Says:


If I ever had a baby boy I would name him Edward for sure.

Jazzy7 Says:


I really love this name and who cares about the Edward from twilight. It's not a bad association, Edward was such a gentleman, respectable and caring man. Traits that most parents would want in their son. I don't know if my husband will let me use it as a first name but maybe as a middle name. Our first son is Alexander so Edward would fit in :)

shelbynh Says:


I'd consider this for a son, NOT because of Twilight but because it's my husbands middle name and it's a strong, classic name with rich history

headintheclouds Says:


I really like Edward. It's a classic name that's not overused by way of James, Michael, Robert, and it has this steady stalwart aura that makes me think of an Edward to be a quieter, loyal and dependable type of individual. The name suits those of all ages IMO, where a little boy could go with a range of appealing nicknames from Ed, Ward, Ned and Teddy, and the grown man could go with the full distinguished-sounding Edward.

KassemJ Says:


One of my absolute favorite names. Such a strong, friendly classic that you can't go wrong with. Quintillions of lightyears better than Jayden could ever dream to be.

Edward King Says:


I'm not a pop culture reference, moron

Edward King Says:


My name and I am quite proud of it.

hmg1204 Says:


Edward Talon!=)

MarieLalie Says:


Edward and Isabella are names with long history and they are classics. They are popular enough on their own to be more than a reference to Twilight. Basically, they are not Katniss. Nobody is going to think that every Edward and Isabella born since Twilight came out was named because of those books. It would be ridiculous to think that

ThistleThorn Says:


Nobody really cares about twilight anymore. Besides, I know tons of Eddies and Bellas that have never been made fun of because of Twilight.

rgp19 Says:


Edward has been a name long before Twilight. Besides I think Twilight mania is pretty much over now.

Essa Says:


A childhood friend of mine's brother was names this and went by Ed. I remember really hating his name for some reason. Now I adore the name and think Eddy and Teddy are really cute for a little boy, while Ed and Edward are perfect for older boys/men. It's a classic name but not really common and has great nickname too! Now only if I could convince my husband... boo!

LanaLee Bellamy Says:


I want to name my son "Edward" not for "Twilight" but for "Fullmetal Alchemist"! And is second name will be "Alucard" from "Hellsing"

jewelzy_11 Says:


He would be named after my father, perhaps use "Eddie"

hellogoodbye111 Says:


don't let your child be a pop culture reference to badly written books and somehow worse movies