Name: Edward

Origin and Meaning of the Name Edward

  • Meaning:
    Wealth protector
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (ED ward)
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    Itself (Edward)
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Miscellaneous Info for Edward

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    From the Old English Eádweard; a compound name composed of the elements "ead" (riches, prosperity, fortune) and "weard" (guardian, protector). Hence: 'protector of the riches, inheritance', or maybe 'rich guardian', 'fortunate protector'.
    It is more commonly used in Great Britain but was already known on the main land quite early due to Anglo-Saxon preachers. Edward's popularity became greater after Jean-Jacques Rousseau used the name for one of his characters in 'Nouvelle Héloise'.

    Edward is a royal name, having been borne by three Anglo-Saxon kings and eight kings of England, as well as by the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward (b. 1964).

    Edward is the name of one of the main characters, a vampire, in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight book series.

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