Edward is an English given name. It is derived from the Anglo-Saxon form ''Éadweard'', composed of the elements ''ead'' "wealth, fortune; prosperous" and ''weard'' "guardian, protector". This term is of Indo-European origin appearing in Latin «ardŭus», Greek «αρδις» (ardis) and Sanskrit «úrdhva» which means ''at the tip of the dart''. dont use wikipedia


The name Edward was popular in Anglo-Saxon England, but the rule of the Norman and Plantagenet dynasties had effectively ended its use amongst the upper classes. The popularity of the name was revived when King Henry III of England named his firstborn son, the future Edward I of England, Edward as part of his efforts to promote a cult around Edward the Confessor, whom Henry had a deep admiration for.

Variant forms

The name has been adopted in the Iberian peninsula since the 15th century, due to Edward, King of Portugal, whose mother was English. The Spanish/Portuguese forms of the name are Eduardo and Duarte. Other variant forms include French Édouard, Italian Edoardo, German and Dutch Eduard and Scandinavian/Czech Edvard. Short forms include Ed, Eddy, Eddie, Ted, Teddy and Ned. Edward can be abbreviated as Edw.

People called Edward


* Edward the Elder (c. 874 – 924), the son of Alfred the Great * Edward the Martyr (c. 962 – 978), English king and Christian martyr * Edward the Confessor (c. 1003 – 1066), English King; patron saint of England until 1348 * Edward I of England (1239–1307), called Longshanks; conqueror of Wales * Edward Balliol (c. 1283 – 1367), pretender to the Scottish throne during the reign of David II * Edward II of England (1284–1327), deposed in January 1327, probably murdered * Edward III of England (1312–1377), English king * Edward, the Black Prince (1330–1376), eldest son of King Edward III * Edward, Duke of Guelders (1336–1371) * Edward IV of England (1442–1483), older brother of Richard III, father of Edward V * Edward V of England (1470 – c. 1483), one of the princes in the Tower


; Nobility * Edward VI of England (1537–1553), the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour * Edward, Count Palatine of Simmern (1625–1663), Count Palatine * Lord Edward FitzGerald (1763–1798), Irish aristocrat and revolutionary * Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820), the son of George III, father of Queen Victoria * Edward VII of the United Kingdom (1841–1910), the son of Queen Victoria * Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (1894–1972), the son of George V, abdicated * Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, grandson of George V * Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the son of Queen Elizabeth II ; Politicians * Edward Dickinson Baker (1811-1861) was an American politician, lawyer, and military leader, close friend of Abraham Lincoln * Edward Dembowski (1822–1846), Polish leftist, philosopher and columnist * Edward Gierek (1913–2001), First Secretary of Polish United Workers Party from 1970 to 1980 * Edward Heath (1916–2005), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom * Edward Jayetileke, Chief Justice of Sri Lanka from 1950-1952 * Edward Stanley Kellogg (1870–1948), 16th Governor of American Samoaformer United States senator * Edward "Ted" M. Kennedy (1932–2009), American politician, lawyer, and senator, Kennedy family member * Edward M. Kennedy Jr. (born 1961), American politician and lawyer, son of Ted Kennedy * Ed Miliband (born 1969), former leader of the UK Labour Party * Ed Murray (born 1955), Democratic politician and former Mayor of Seattle * Edward L. Romero, entrepreneur and American diplomat who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra between 1998 and 2001 * Edward Stettinius, Jr. (1900–1949), former United States Secretary of State * Edward Maria Wingfield (1550–1631), English colonist, soldier * Edward Youde (1924–1986), 26th Governor of Hong Kong ; Artists and intellectuals * Edward Barker, English cartoonist who signed his drawings simply as Edward * Edward Blishen, English author * Ed Byrne (academic), Principal of King's College London and former Vice-Chancellor of Monash University * Edward Duyker (born 1955), Australian historian. *Edward Dutton, English anthropologist * Edward Elgar, English composer with Anglo-Saxon first and last names * Edward Gamble, English comedian * Edward Gorey, American illustrator * Edward Gould, English animator and creator of Eddsworld * Edward Grimes, one of the two members of Irish pop duo Jedward * Edward Hopper (1882–1967), American realist painter * Edward Jayakody (born 1952), Sri Lankan Sinhala musician and composer * Edward Killy, American filmmaker * Edward Daniel Leahy, Irish painter * Edward MacDowell (1860–1908), American composer and pianist * Edward Norton (born 1969), American actor * Edward Platt, (1916-1974), American actor * Edward John David "Eddie" Redmayne (born 1982), Academy Award winning English actor * Edward Said (1935–2003), Palestinian-American academic * Ed Sheeran, English singer-songwriter and musician * Edward van de Vendel, Dutch author of children's literature * Edward "Eddie" Van Halen, Dutch-American musician ; Sports * Edward Fatu (1973–2009), American professional wrestler better known as Umaga and member of Anoa'i family * Ed Gainey (Canadian football), American player of Canadian football * Eddie Guerrero (1967–2005), American professional wrestler * Ed Hochuli (born 1950), NFL Official * Ed Hodgkiss (born 1970), American football coach * Edward Lawrence Levy, English world champion weightlifter * Ed Mieszkowski (1925–2004), American football player * Edward Weitz (born 1946), Israeli Olympic weightlifter * Edward Pratt, long-distance Unicyclist ; Other * Edward Allaway (born 1939), American mass murderer who perpetrated the 1976 California State University, Fullerton, massacre * Edward Rohan Amerasekera (1916–1974), first indigenous Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force * Edward Brown (born 1942), involved in a tax dispute with the U.S. government * Edward Douglas (1901–1967), Scottish Roman Catholic * Edward W. Edwards (1933–2011), American serial killer and arsonist ** Edward Edwards (several people) * Edward F. Fritsch (born 1950), scientist * Edward "Ed" Gein (1906–1984), American murderer and suspected serial killer * Edward Kmiec (1936–2020), American Catholic bishop * Edward Baker Lincoln (1846–1850), second son of Abraham Lincoln * Edward Playfair, British businessman * Edward Snowden (born 1983), American who disclosed National Security Agency secrets * Edward J. Steimel (1922–2016), American columnist, political activist, and lobbyist

People surnamed Edward

* John Edward, professional name of John Edward McGee, Jr. (born 1969), American self-proclaimed psychic * Trevelyan Edward (1938–1995), Sri Lankan cricketer

Fictional characters

* ''Ed, Edd n Eddy'', television show, as well as main characters thereof * Edward, fictional platypus from ''Camp Lazlo'' * Edward, a character in ''Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn'' * Edward AKA: DEATH, a main character and assassin from the ''Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter'' series * Edward Bear, mock "formal" name for a teddy bear—another name for Winnie-the-Pooh * Edward the Blue Engine, a character from ''Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends'' * Eddie Brock, Marvel Comics character in some notable Spider-Man stories * Edward Bunnigus, a fictional character in the webcomic ''Schlock Mercenary'' * Edward Cullen, the vampire love-interest in the fantasy/romance novels of Stephenie Meyer's ''Twilight Series'' * Edward Elric, the protagonist in the anime/manga series, ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' * Edward Ferrars, character in ''Sense and Sensibility'' by Jane Austen * Edward Elizabeth Hitler, a character from ''Bottom'' * Edward Hyde, the title character's evil alter ego in ''Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'' by Robert Louis Stevenson * Edward James Kenway, the protagonist of ''Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag'' * Edward Mars, the shipwrecked marshal in ''Lost'' * Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate, the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates in ''One Piece'' * Edward Nigma, The Riddler, Batman villain * Edward Richtofen, a sociopathic German scientist from ''Call of Duty: World at War'' and appears in the Nazi Zombies mode as well as in ''Call of Duty: Black Ops'' and ''Call of Duty: Black Ops II'' * Edward Fairfax Rochester, the love interest of Jane in ''Jane Eyre'' * ''Edward Scissorhands'', movie directed by Tim Burton and written by Caroline Thompson, and its title character * Edward "Stubbs" Stubblefield, the fictional undead from the ''Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse'' video game * Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, fantasy version of an historical figure of the same name, in the fourth "Jack Sparrow" movie, ''Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'' * Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, a wild little girl from the anime ''Cowboy Bebop'' * Edward Chris von Muir, "spoony bard" of ''Final Fantasy IV'' * Ed Norton, character played by Art Carney in "The Honeymooners" * Mister Ed, the talking horse, from the television series (1958–1966) of the same name * Edward the Butler, a character played by Lachlan Walker in the web-series Corner Shop Show. *Superintendent (police)Superintendent Edward 'Ted' Hasting, from ''Line of Duty''

See also

* * Edwards (surname) * Edwards syndrome, genetic disorder * Prince Edward Island, Canadian province, one of the Maritime provinces


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