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Gender: M Meaning of Edwin: "wealthy friend" Origin of Edwin: English Edwin's Popularity in 2015: #311

Some might be surprised to learn that there were over 1100 little Edwins born last year, bringing it to Number 311, since on the surface it seems less familiar than Edward or Edmund. But Edwin has been a consistent presence on the popularity 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.

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 Hodder (1837-1904), hymnist
Edwin Herbert Land (1909-91), US inventor of Polaroid
Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, American astronaut
Edwin McCain, American singer-songwriter
Edwin Landseer Lutyens, English architect
Edwin Washington Edwards, former U.S. Congressman and governor of Louisiana
Edwin Howard Armstrong, American inventor
Edwin Powell Hubble, American astronomer, Hubble Telescope named after him
Edwin Hall, American physicist
Edwin 'Eddie' Carlos Colon, American pro wrestler
Edwin Farnham 'Win' Butler, Arcade Fire lead singer
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 Olympian

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 "Iron Man" comics
Edwin Venturi, character in Disney's "Life with Derek"

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

Edwin's International Variations

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