Gender: Male Meaning of Edward: "wealthy guardian" Origin of Edward: English Edward's Popularity in 2019: #192

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.

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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Rank in US: #192

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Pop Culture References for the name Edward

Edison, Eddie, Eddy, Ewart, Edvardas, Eadward, Ed, Edd, Lalo, Edwald, Edik, 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