Edward - boys name

Edward name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 99%

Edward name meaning:

The name Edward is of English origin and has a rich history. Derived from the Old English name Eadweard, it is composed of the elements "ead," meaning "wealth" or "fortune," and "weard," meaning "guard" or "protector." Therefore, the name Edward can be interpreted to mean "wealthy guardian" or "fortunate protector."

Edward is a classic and timeless name that has been borne by several prominent figures throughout history. One of the most famous bearers of this name is King Edward VIII, who abdicated the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson. Other notable Edwards include Edward the Confessor, an English king and saint, as well as Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower.

Edward is a strong and masculine name that exudes a sense of nobility and power. It has a regal and distinguished quality, making it a popular choice for parents seeking a traditional and elegant name for their baby boy.

Origin: English

Guardian of prosperity.


Saints names, Dickens names, Victorian names

Related names

Edward , Duardo, Ed, Eddie , Eddy , Edoardo , Edorta, Edouard, Eduardo , Edwardo, Ned , Neddie, Neddy, Teddie

Other boys names beginning with E


Overall UK ranking: 29 out of 4789

1806 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • England (28)
  • Wales (67)
  • Scotland (199)

Historical popularity of Edward

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