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Gender: Male Meaning of Edwin: "wealthy friend" Origin of Edwin: English Edwin's Popularity in 2017: #332

The name Edwin is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wealthy friend". Edwin is ranked #332 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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Some might be surprised to learn that Edwin has been a consistent presence on the popular names list since statistics have become available.

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' final (and unfinished) novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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

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Famous People Named Edwin

Saint Edwin of Northumbria, King of Deira and Bernicia
Edwin McMasters Stanton, U.S. Secretary of War during the Civil War
Edwin Herbert Land, American inventor of Polaroid
Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, American astronaut
Edwin McCain, American singer-songwriter
Edwin Landseer Lutyens, English architect
Edwin Washington Edwards, U.S. Congressman; governor of Louisiana
Edwin Howard Armstrong, American inventor
Edwin Powell Hubble, American astronomer who inspired the Hubble Telescope
Edwin Hall, American physicist
Edwin 'Eddie' Carlos Colon, American pro wrestler
Edwin Farnham 'Win' Butler, lead singer of Canadian band Arcade Fire
Edwin Starr, American soul singer
Edwin van der Sar, Dutch footballer
Edwin Henry Landseer, English painter
Edwin Jackson, American baseball pitcher
Edwin Moses, American track and field athlete
Edwin Fitzgerald, birth name of Eddie Foy, Sr., American actor, comedian, dancer and vaudevillian
Edwin Fitzgerald, birth name of Eddie Foy, Jr., American actor

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"
Edwin Jarvis, character from Marvel Universe
Edwin Archibilt, character from "Sims" series
Edwin Venturi, character in Disney's "Life with Derek"
Edwin Durland, character in Disney's "Gravity Falls"

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

Edwin's International Variations

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


janefeb20 Says:


I love this name! I think Eddie is a very cute nickname, but also I love the name Winn and would probably rather use that as a nickname

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lately, loving this probably even more than Edward, and at least as much as Edmund. All are lovely, and Ed is super cute. I also adore Edwina.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Starting to love this, although still prefer Edmund and Edward

kmdharrington Says:


You could say that Win wins indiefendi2's best nickname award

headintheclouds Says:


Edwin is an adorable vintage name, and from all the Ed- names (Edward, Edmund, Edgar, Edwin), I find this to be the most endearing and geeky (in the best way) of the bunch. Not as Victorian-vintage/dramatic as Edmund or Edgar, not as perennially classic as Edward, but somewhere in between. I know a sweet bespectacled little boy named Edwin whose name suits him to a tee, and I hope I'll see more young Edwins in the future- this name certainly deserves revival and greater popularity.

EDWin Says:


Edwin is a great name

RoddyThlayli Says:


My favorite of the Ed- clan.

indiefendi2 Says:


so absolutely handsome! Win is the best nickname ever

hamwan Says:


I adore Edwin. It's a denim brand in Japan. Cute and different from Edward, which I find too common.

mabespark Says:


This is slowly becoming a GP. It's actually really adorable, and I think I would really be sold if I met a little boy named Edwin.

ShannonLim Says:


Love your sibset! I definitely prefer Edwin over Edward :)

India Says:


This is my brothers name, He loves his name and so do I. It totally suits him, although he does sometimes get mistaken for Edward. For anyone looking for sibling names, the rest of us are called: Gabriel, India & Willoughby.

faithnamer Says:


This is my Grandpa's name and I think it's adorable, but he's never liked his name. His nn growing up was Eddie, and now he's Ed to most people.