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Quick Facts on Edison

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 659
Simple meaning:
Son of Eadwig; Son of Adam

Characteristics of Edison

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  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Edison

Edison is the transferred use of an Olde English patronymic surname derived from the ancient personal name Eadwig (and so means “son of Eadwig”). Eadwig’s root origins can be found in the Germanic elements “ead” meaning “prosperity, fortune” and “wig” meaning “war”. Others conjecture that Edison might also be a variation of Addison which also developed as a patronymic surname meaning “son of Adam” (Adam being the Hebrew word for “earth”). “Addie” was a common Scottish Lowlands nickname for Adam, and because Edison sounds a lot like Addison it may just represent a slight dialectal difference. In any case, the surname Edison is most commonly associated with prolific American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) known mainly as the inventor of the light bulb (modern electricity). He was also famously quoted for saying: "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."

Popularity of the Name Edison

Edison is a surname-turned-first-name dating back to the late 19th century. Used as a given name most often at the turn of the 20th century, Edison would decline substantially in usage after the 19 teens. In fact, Edison would drop off the American radar starting in the 1940s and completely disappear from the charts for almost 50 years (between 1960 and 2005). The name only just reappeared on the Top 1000 list in 2006 but still resides at the bottom on the charts. In other words, Edison is not one of the most popular surnames in use as a given name today. Edison is most likely appealing to educated or entrepreneurially minded parents. Thomas Edison wasn’t the brightest student as a kid in school (similar to Einstein), but he made up for what he lacked with his keen imagination, natural smarts, creative thinking and a ton of hard work. Truly a man to be admired it’s equally as easy to love his name. Still quite neglected as a given name, Edison is also an original choice.
Popularity of the Boy Name Edison
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Edison

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Edison

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Edison

    Edison We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Edison.

  • Popular Songs on Edison

    Popular Songs on Edison

    Edison - a song by the Bee Gees

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Edison

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Edison

    Edison's Gold (Geoff Watson) - Tom Edison doesn't want his family to leave Yonkers, NY after his father loses his job. But it looks like Wichita will be his new home in two weeks no matter what. Tom won't go without a fight though--especially after he discovers a clue to a centuries-old family secret. His famous namesake, Thomas Edison, had discovered the secret formula for changing metal into gold. Now on a desperate search for the key to this monumental scientific discovery, Tom and his friends will have to rely on each other to unlock this mystery and keep Tom's family from moving. Full of gadgetry, historical rivalries, secret societies, and bad guys galore, Geoff Watson's EDISON'S GOLD is a thrilling adventure for middle-grade readers. Recommended for ages 9-13.

    Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (Laurie Carlson) - Thomas Edison, one of the world's greatest inventors, is introduced in this fascinating activity book. Children will learn how Edison ushered in an astounding age of invention with his unique way of looking at things and refusal to be satisfied with only one solution to a problem. This book helps inspire kids to be inventors and scientists, as well as persevere with their own ideas. Activities allow children to try Edison's experiments themselves, with activities such as making a puppet dance using static electricity, manufacturing a switch for electric current, constructing a telegraph machine, manipulating sound waves, building an electrical circuit to test for conductors and insulators, making a zoetrope, and testing a dandelion for latex. In addition to his inventions and experiments, the book explores Edison's life outside of science, including his relationship with inventor Nikola Tesla, his rivalry with George Westinghouse, and his friendship with Henry Ford. A time line, glossary, and lists of supply sources, places to visit, and websites for further exploration complement this activity book. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? (Margaret Frith) - From the “Who Was…?” series. One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison’s inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly! Here’s an accessible, appealing biography with 100 black-and-white illustrations. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Edison

    Famous People Named Edison

    Famous People Named Edison - Edison Denisov (Russian composer); Edison James (Dominican Prime Minister); Édison Méndez (Ecuadoran footballer); Edison Chen (Hong Kong teen idol); Edison Reynoso (Dominican baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Edison

    Children of Famous People Named Edison

    Edison - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Edison.

  • Historic Figures

    Edison - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Edison - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Edison.

Personality of the Boy Name Edison

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Edison

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