Edward

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Edward

"Edward" is a name of English origin, and it means "Wealthy Guardian". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. Son of Edward III who defeated the French at Crecy and Poitiers in the Hundred Years' War (1330-1376)
  2. Third son of Elizabeth II (born in 1964)
  3. King of England from 1272 to 1307; conquered Wales (1239-1307)
  4. King of England from 1307 to 1327 and son of Edward I; was defeated at Bannockburn by the Scots led by Robert the Bruce; was deposed and died in prison (1284-1327)
  5. Son of Edward II and King of England from 1327-1377; his claim to the French throne provoked the Hundred Years' War; his reign was marked by an epidemic of the Black Plague and by the emergence of the House of Commons as the powerful arm of British Parliament (1312-1377)
  6. King of England from 1461 to 1470 and from 1471 to 1483; was dethroned in 1470 but regained the throne in 1471 by his victory at the battle of Tewkesbury (1442-1483)
  7. King of England who was crowned at the age of 13 on the death of his father Edward IV but was immediately confined to the Tower of London where he and his younger brother were murdered (1470-1483)
  8. King of England and Ireland from 1547 to 1553; son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour; died of tuberculosis (1537-1553)
  9. King of England from 1901 to 1910; son of Victoria and Prince Albert; famous for his elegant sporting ways (1841-1910)
  10. King of England and Ireland in 1936; his marriage to Wallis Warfield Simpson created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication (1894-1972)
Wiktionary

From Old English Ēadweard, from eād (“rich”) + weard (“guard”).

  1. A male given name.

Edward was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian, Old French, and Polish

Notable Persons Named Edward

Edward Snowden is a system administrator. He holds the title Rector of the University of Glasgow. Edward was given the name Edward Joseph Snowden on June 21st, 1983 in , U.S.

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Ed Sheeran is a pop music, acoustic music, and folk music musician and singer-songwriter. He plays C. F. Martin & Company. He was most active from 2005 to present. Ed was given the name Edward Christopher Sheeran on February 17th, 1991 in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England.

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Tom Hardy is an actor, screenwriter, and producer. He has been prominent since 2001. Tom was given the name Edward Thomas Hardy on September 15th, 1977 in Hammersmith, London, England.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1936 to 1936. Edward was born as the child of George V and Mary of Teck on June 23rd, 1894 in White Lodge, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom. He breathed his last breath on May 28th, 1972.

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Eddie Redmayne is an actor. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Eddie was given the name Edward John David Redmayne on January 6th, 1982 in City of Westminster.

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Edward III was royalty. He was most prominent from 1327 to 1327. Edward was born as the child of Edward II of England and Isabella of France on November 13th, 1312 in Windsor Castle. He breathed his last breath on June 21st, 1377.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Edward

Prince Edward is royalty. He holds the title Earl of Wessex([[#Titles, styles, honours, arms, and Earl of Wessex. Prince was born as the child of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Elizabeth II on March 10th, 1964 in Buckingham Palace.

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He was most prominent from 899 to 924. Edward was born as the child of Alfred the Great and Ealhswith in 871 in Wessex. He passed away on July 17th, 0924.

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James Francis Edward was royalty. He holds the title Prince of Wales. His career lasted from 1701 to 1766. James was born as the child of James II of England and Mary of Modena on June 10th, 1688 in St. James's Palace, London, Kingdom of England. He left this life on January 1st, 1766.

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Charles Edward was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1900 to 1918. Charles was born as the child of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, Princess Helena of Waldeck, and Pyrmont on July 19th, 1884 in Claremont (country house). He left this life on March 6th, 1954.

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John Edward is a psychic medium and mediumship. John was given the name John Edward McGee, Jr. on October 19th, 1969 in Glen Cove, New York.

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Mark Edward is a mentalist, magician, writer, skeptic, psychic entertainer, mentalism, scientific skepticism, psychic, and psychicentertainer. Mark was given the name Mark Edward Wilson on May 19th, 1951. Mark is also known as Wilson and Mark Edward.

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How popular is the baby name Edward in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 2,364 0 2,364 #11 boy name
1881 2,177 0 2,177 #10 boy name
1882 2,482 5 2,477 #11 boy name
1883 2,257 7 2,250 #11 boy name
1884 2,448 9 2,439 #11 boy name
1885 2,225 5 2,220 #11 boy name
1886 2,323 11 2,312 #11 boy name
1887 2,136 11 2,125 #11 boy name
1888 2,479 9 2,470 #11 boy name
1889 2,311 12 2,299 #10 boy name
1890 2,295 13 2,282 #11 boy name
1891 1,995 6 1,989 #11 boy name
1892 2,425 9 2,416 #11 boy name
1893 2,319 10 2,309 #9 boy name
1894 2,192 13 2,179 #11 boy name
1895 2,216 13 2,203 #10 boy name
1896 2,305 9 2,296 #9 boy name
1897 2,131 10 2,121 #9 boy name
1898 2,346 9 2,337 #9 boy name
1899 1,910 9 1,901 #9 boy name
1900 2,728 8 2,720 #9 boy name
1901 1,917 0 1,917 #9 boy name
1902 2,306 12 2,294 #9 boy name
1903 2,278 10 2,268 #9 boy name
1904 2,341 7 2,334 #9 boy name
1905 2,377 11 2,366 #9 boy name
1906 2,407 9 2,398 #9 boy name
1907 2,585 9 2,576 #9 boy name
1908 2,714 7 2,707 #9 boy name
1909 2,947 12 2,935 #9 boy name
1910 3,426 18 3,408 #9 boy name
1911 4,175 11 4,164 #9 boy name
1912 7,963 27 7,936 #8 boy name
1913 9,516 42 9,474 #8 boy name
1914 12,366 48 12,318 #8 boy name
1915 15,942 53 15,889 #8 boy name
1916 17,048 43 17,005 #8 boy name
1917 17,563 61 17,502 #8 boy name
1918 19,553 63 19,490 #8 boy name
1919 18,599 65 18,534 #8 boy name
1920 20,162 64 20,098 #8 boy name
1921 20,895 80 20,815 #8 boy name
1922 20,514 93 20,421 #8 boy name
1923 20,679 79 20,600 #8 boy name
1924 21,224 97 21,127 #9 boy name
1925 20,199 106 20,093 #9 boy name
1926 19,488 113 19,375 #10 boy name
1927 19,226 112 19,114 #10 boy name
1928 18,625 138 18,487 #10 boy name
1929 17,357 132 17,225 #10 boy name
1930 17,447 102 17,345 #10 boy name
1931 15,745 101 15,644 #11 boy name
1932 15,270 86 15,184 #11 boy name
1933 13,851 60 13,791 #11 boy name
1934 13,986 66 13,920 #13 boy name
1935 13,906 69 13,837 #13 boy name
1936 14,259 64 14,195 #13 boy name
1937 14,985 59 14,926 #13 boy name
1938 14,604 57 14,547 #13 boy name
1939 14,478 50 14,428 #15 boy name
1940 14,446 45 14,401 #16 boy name
1941 15,624 47 15,577 #17 boy name
1942 17,535 70 17,465 #17 boy name
1943 17,767 55 17,712 #18 boy name
1944 16,522 49 16,473 #18 boy name
1945 15,912 44 15,868 #18 boy name
1946 18,630 52 18,578 #19 boy name
1947 20,605 55 20,550 #19 boy name
1948 19,028 51 18,977 #19 boy name
1949 19,221 50 19,171 #21 boy name
1950 18,778 61 18,717 #22 boy name
1951 19,955 43 19,912 #23 boy name
1952 19,570 54 19,516 #23 boy name
1953 19,022 50 18,972 #23 boy name
1954 19,565 44 19,521 #22 boy name
1955 19,310 52 19,258 #25 boy name
1956 19,486 69 19,417 #25 boy name
1957 18,754 58 18,696 #25 boy name
1958 17,439 65 17,374 #28 boy name
1959 16,970 63 16,907 #27 boy name
1960 16,656 70 16,586 #26 boy name
1961 15,944 67 15,877 #29 boy name
1962 15,591 68 15,523 #29 boy name
1963 15,381 65 15,316 #27 boy name
1964 15,664 60 15,604 #27 boy name
1965 14,502 85 14,417 #29 boy name
1966 13,339 63 13,276 #30 boy name
1967 12,722 61 12,661 #31 boy name
1968 12,360 68 12,292 #31 boy name
1969 12,529 69 12,460 #32 boy name
1970 12,364 62 12,302 #31 boy name
1971 11,130 68 11,062 #32 boy name
1972 9,380 78 9,302 #34 boy name
1973 8,430 58 8,372 #38 boy name
1974 7,884 57 7,827 #40 boy name
1975 7,450 58 7,392 #41 boy name
1976 7,104 50 7,054 #44 boy name
1977 6,893 46 6,847 #47 boy name
1978 6,539 53 6,486 #47 boy name
1979 6,944 66 6,878 #48 boy name
1980 6,823 61 6,762 #52 boy name
1981 6,703 46 6,657 #51 boy name
1982 6,343 52 6,291 #53 boy name
1983 6,030 33 5,997 #55 boy name
1984 5,955 43 5,912 #58 boy name
1985 5,913 44 5,869 #59 boy name
1986 5,816 40 5,776 #61 boy name
1987 5,942 40 5,902 #61 boy name
1988 5,838 40 5,798 #62 boy name
1989 5,873 25 5,848 #62 boy name
1990 5,760 19 5,741 #68 boy name
1991 5,590 19 5,571 #68 boy name
1992 5,248 18 5,230 #70 boy name
1993 4,806 18 4,788 #78 boy name
1994 4,540 18 4,522 #84 boy name
1995 4,151 9 4,142 #88 boy name
1996 4,081 10 4,071 #96 boy name
1997 3,918 5 3,913 #100 boy name
1998 3,583 8 3,575
1999 3,593 0 3,593
2000 3,491 11 3,480
2001 3,380 8 3,372
2002 3,246 6 3,240
2003 3,113 5 3,108
2004 3,157 10 3,147
2005 2,970 0 2,970
2006 2,868 0 2,868
2007 2,828 7 2,821
2008 2,787 0 2,787
2009 2,981 0 2,981
2010 2,902 0 2,902
2011 2,663 0 2,663
2012 2,591 0 2,591
2013 2,703 0 2,703
2014 2,585 5 2,580
2015 2,592 0 2,592
2016 2,491 0 2,491

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Edward U.S.
  White 37.49% 64.26%
  African American 48.58% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.92% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.35% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Edward

People with the last name Edward are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Edward

  • How Popular is the name Edward? Edward is the 25th most popular name of all time. As a last name Edward was the 7,446th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Edward have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,291,786 babies born with the first name Edward in the United States. That's more than enough people named Edward to occupy the country of Mauritius with an estimated population of 1,286,051 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Edward? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 2,364 new born babies.
  • When was Edward first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Edward is Tuesday, August 31st, 1813.
  • What year had the most people named Edward born? The highest recorded use of the first name Edward was in 1924 with a total of 21,127 babies. That's a lot of babies named Edward!
  • Random Edward Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Edward ranks 44th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 420 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Edward: Your name in reverse order is Drawde. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Edadwr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Edward? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,473 people with the last name Edward.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Edward? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Edward as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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