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Edward

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Quick Facts on Edward

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 145
Pronunciation:
EHD-werd
Simple meaning:
Guard of Riches, Protector of Wealth

Characteristics of Edward

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Edward

The name Edward is one of the oldest English given names of Saxon origin and thus dates back to before the Norman Conquest (1066). The Norman Conquest brought about a radical change in naming practices in England, and many of the Old Saxon and Celtic names quickly fell out of fashion. Names like Cuthbert, Ethelred and Beowulf disappeared. But there are a few survivors (such as Alfred, Edgar and Harold). Edward (originally Ēadweard in Old England) is probably the most successful, most enduring and most widely used of them all. Edward comes from the Olde English words “ēad” meaning ‘prosperity, riches’ and “weard” meaning ‘guard’ so the name essentially means ‘Guard of Riches.’ The name has been borne by several English kings, most notably Edward the Confessor who was the last reigning king before the Norman Conquest and known for his fairness and piety. The endurance of the name’s use post-Normans probably had a lot to do with the universal appeal of this Edward (the Normans admired him, too). The name is an English staple and maintains a spot on England’s Top 50 list of most used boys’ names. It’s still a Top 100 down-under in Australia, but for the rest of the English speaking nations, Edward has more recently fallen off the Top 100.

Popularity of the Name Edward

Edward has been on the U.S. popularity charts since the government began tracking naming trends back in 1880. Obviously, it’s been in existence far before that in the United States. However, as far back as data became available, Edward was a top choice for a boy’s name. At the turn of the 20th century, the name was pretty much a Top 10 until the 1930s. Between the 30s and the 80s, Edward maintains a position on the Top 50 list of most-favored boys’ names. It’s not until 1998 that Edward falls off the Top 100 list for the first time in its history on the American charts. We don’t expect Edward to venture too far down the list, though, because the name is just such a standard and always has been. It seems, though, that Edward hints to being a little old-fashioned these days; perhaps a bit awkward and clunky when compared to some of its other “kingly” English counterparts (Henry, James, Richard). It apparently doesn’t have the same antique charm as, say, Henry. Whatever the reason for its recent decline on the charts, Edward is still a classical choice. It has a certain English royalty and erudite resonance. It’s just one of those names you can’t go wrong with.
Popularity of the Boy Name Edward
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Edward

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Edward

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Edward

    Edward Cullen (Twilight Series) Edward Cullen is the young vampire in the Stephenie Myers’ extremely popular Vampire series. As portrayed by Robert Pattinson in the movie versions, he is every teen age girl’s heartthrob. The series revolve around Edward’s love for the mortal Bella Swan and hers for him. Although he is a “vegetarian” vampire, i.e., one who eschews human blood, he nonetheless worries for Bella’s safety in her association with him. He is good and true, and it is his burden to futilely wish for humanity in order to truly be with Bella.

    Edward Fairfax Rochester (Jane Eyre) Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 novel, is one of the most well-known books of all time, and its hero, Edward Rochester, a paragon of romantic Victorian manhood. The master of Thornfield Hall and guardian of Adele, to whom Jane is governess, he is not particularly handsome, but he is worldly and intelligent, and has led a rather unconventional life by the time Jane meets him. He falls in love with the intelligent and independent Jane, but their marriage is thwarted by the revelation of the existence of his insane first wife, Bertha. Jane refuses to live with him as his mistress and goes her own way. After many Gothic plot twists, Edward and Jane are reunited after he risks his life trying, unsuccessfully, to save Bertha in the fire that destroys their house. Though blinded in the fire, he is able to recover enough sight to look upon the son Jane bears him.

    Edward Ferrars (Sense and Sensibility) In Jane Austen’s first published novel (1811), Sense and Sensibility, when Mr. Dashwood dies, his estate passes to the son of his first wife. The second Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, are obliged to move out to smaller quarters on a distant relative’s property. The elder son’s wife, Fanny, has a brother, Edward Ferrars. Before the younger Dashwoods repair to the country, he visits his sister at the old Dashwood home. Edward is an intelligent and likeable young gentleman, and Elinor is immediately attracted to him. He is also very reserved, however, and the nature of his feelings for her are not at first clear. His sister Fanny, of course, makes no bones about announcing to the Dashwoods how important it is for Edward to marry within his own rank and social standing. Poor Edward! He has to work around the complications of an overbearing mother, a bossy sister, a money grubbing brother and a golddigging secret fiancé before he is allowed to have his heart’s desire and marry Elinor. But he does it all, and aren’t we relieved in the end!

    Edward Hyde (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) Edward Hyde is Mr. Hyde (the bad side) in Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. When Dr. Jekyll, a physician, self-administers a potion that probes his very soul, the vile Edward Hyde emerges, a creature who is base and wicked. An allegory of the nature of Good and Evil and the duality of human nature, it is not so much a condemnation of that state of affairs as an understanding of the struggle of people to balance the bad and the good, and the consequences of the constant repression of instincts that are better brought to light. Henry Jekyll is actually indulging in the oldest of man’s endeavors: the wish to taste of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but Edward Hyde is an inevitable result. And let this be the moral to anyone experimenting with one’s own little potions – it is the Edward Hyde side that triumphs.

  • Popular Songs on Edward

    Popular Songs on Edward

    Edward the Bear - a song by The Damned

    Poor Edward - a song by Tom Waits

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Edward

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Edward

    Dog of Barkham Street (Mary Stolz) - Edward Frost wants a dog of his own. And he doesn't want to be bullied by big, mean Martin Hastings anymore. Neither wish seems very likely to come true, until one day wandering Uncle Josh arrives with a beautiful collie named Argess. Suddenly everything begins to change. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Edward and the Pirates (David McPhail) - Edward loves to read. One night, while reading a book about pirates he finds himself surrounded by the salty sailors who think the key to finding their hidden treasure lies in Edward’s book! However, they can’t read, so Edward needs to read the book to them. It’s an imaginative, adventurous and rollicking good story. Come along with Edward as he deals with these pirates! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Edward Hopper: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists (Mike Venezia) - This book provides an entertaining and humorous introduction to the famous artist, Edward Hopper. Full-color reproductions of the actual paintings are enhanced by Venezia''s clever illustrations and story line. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Edward in the Jungle (David McPhail) - Edward loves to read about Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, and one afternoon he becomes so absorbed in his book that he finds himself deep in Tarzan's jungle. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Edward the Emu (Sheena Knowles) - “Edward the emu was sick of the zoo, / There was nowhere to go, there was nothing to do, / And compared to the seals that lived right next door, / Well being an emu was frankly a bore.” Tired of his life as an emu, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. He tries swimming with the seals. He spends a day lounging with the lions. He even does a stint slithering with the snakes. But Edward soon discovers that being an emu may be the best thing after all. And so he returns to his pen, only to find a big surprise awaiting him. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Edward's Exploit and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories (Reverend W Awdry) - Full-color photos. Edward proves to Gordon and James that even though he's an old-fashioned engine, he can still "chug-chug" with the best of them. Other tales in the collection are "Donald and Douglas," "The Deputation," and "The Diseasal." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Edward's Eyes (Patricia MacLachlan) - Jake is a part of an extraordinary family. He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. During one special year, he became the only one in the neighborhood who could throw a perfect knuckleball. It was a pitch you could not hit. That same year, Jake learned there are also some things you cannot hold. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    My Friend Bear (Jez Alborough) - Eddie and the Big Bear return again for a third story. This time both are lonely and are wishing their teddy bears could talk. But teddy bears can't talk- or can they? Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne) - “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.” So begins the Winnie-the-Pooh (aka Edward Bear) tales. Happy readers for over 70 years couldn't agree more. Pooh's status as a "Bear of Very Little Brain" belies his profoundly eternal wisdom in the ways of the world. To many, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and the others are as familiar and important as their own family members. A.A. Milne's classics, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, are brought together in this beautiful edition, complete and unabridged, with recolored illustrations by Milne's creative counterpart, Ernest H. Shepard. Join Pooh and the gang as they meet a Heffalump, help get Pooh unstuck from Rabbit's doorway, (re)build a house for Eeyore, and try to unbounce Tigger. A childhood is simply not complete without full participation in all of Pooh's adventures. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Matchlock Gun (Walter Edmonds) - The year is 1756 and Edward, a ten year old boy, is determined to protect his family the chaos of the French and Indian War with an ancient Spanish gun that his father gave him before he left to fight. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Kate DiCamillo) - Edward is dearly loved rabbit by a young girl named Abilene. One day he is lost over the side of a boat. His journey leads him to a older couple who dress him like a girl rabbit, a hobo and his dog, a young girl and her brother and, finally, to a doll shop. Along the way, Edward learns to love the people he encounters. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Edward

    Famous People Named Edward

    Famous People Named Edward - Prince Edward (British royalty); Edward Kennedy (politician); Edward Norton (actor); Edward Burns (actor/director); Edward Estlin Cummings (aka e.e. cummings, poet); Edward B. Lewis (Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine); Edward C. Prescott (Nobel Prize Winner for Economics); Edward Hopper (painter); Edward V. Appleton (Nobel Prize Winner, Physics); Edward Doisy (Nobel Prize Winner, Medicine); Edward Heath (former Prime Minister of the U.K.); Edward Calvin Kendall (Nobel Prize Winner, Medicine); Edward M. Purcell (Nobel Prize Winner, Physics); Edward Shore (hockey player); Edward Snider (hockey player); Edward Lawrie Tatum (Nobel Prize Winner, Medicine)

  • Children of Famous People Named Edward

    Children of Famous People Named Edward

    Famous People who Named their Son Edward - Abigail Van Buren (advice columnist); Abraham Lincoln (U.S. President); Albert Einstein (scientific genius); Aretha Franklin (musician); Charles Dickens (novelist); Edward Kennedy (politician); James Garfield (U.S. President); Joseph Kennedy (Kennedy patriarch); Mel Brooks (film producer, director, actor); Mel Gibson (actor/director); Queen Elizabeth II (Queen of England); Susan St. James (actress)

Personality of the Boy Name Edward

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Edward

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