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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Edwards

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  • According to a user from Canada, the name Edwards is of Old English origin and means "Wealthy Guard".
  • A submission from Oklahoma, United States says the name Edwards means "Generations" and is of Unknown origin.
  • According to a user from North Carolina, United States, the name Edwards is of Gaelic origin and means "Rich Guard".
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  1. American theologian whose sermons and writings stimulated a period of renewed interest in religion in America (1703-1758)
  1. An English and Welsh patronymic surname​ from the given name Edward.

Notable Persons Named Edwards

Edwards Pierrepont was an office holder. Edwards was born on March 4th, 1817 in North Haven, Connecticut. He breathed his last breath on March 6th, 1892.


Edwards Guzmán is a baseball. Edwards was born on September 11th, 1976 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.


Edwards Davis was an actor. He was most prominent from 1915 to 1936. Edwards was born on June 17th, 1867 in Santa Clara, California. Edwards is also known as Cader Edwards Davis. He breathed his last breath on May 17th, 1936.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Edwards

Shania Twain is a singing, songwriter, and singer. Shania was given the name Eilleen Regina Edwards on August 28th, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario.


Linda McMahon is a business manager of wwe, president of wwe, ceo of wwe, wwe, chief executive officer, business manager ofwwe, and ceoof wwe. Linda was given the name Linda Marie Edwards on October 4th, 1948 in New Bern, North Carolina.


Gareth Edwards is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer, visual effects artist, and film director. He has been prominent since 2002. Gareth was born in 1975 in Nuneaton.


John Edwards is a senator. He was most prominent from 1999 to 2005. John was given the name Johnny Reid Edwards on June 10th, 1953 in Seneca, South Carolina.


Blake Edwards was a film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He was most active from 1942 to 1995. Blake was given the name William Blake Crump on July 26th, 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 15th, 2010.


Anthony Edwards is an actor and director. He has had major accomplishments since 1973. Anthony was given the name Anthony Charles Edwards on July 19th, 1962 in Santa Barbara, California.


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Popularity of Edwards as a last name

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Common last names for Edwards

  • Williams

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Edwards U.S.
  White 62.13% 64.26%
  African American 31.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.47% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Edwards

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

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Fun Facts about the name Edwards

  • How Popular is the name Edwards? Edwards is the 18,514th most popular name of all time. As a last name Edwards was the 58th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Edwards have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 403 babies born with the first name Edwards in the United States. That's more than enough people named Edwards to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Edwards? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Edwards first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Edwards is Thursday, August 4th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Edwards born? The highest recorded use of the first name Edwards was in 1923 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Edwards: Your name in reverse order is Sdrawde. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rwesdad. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Edwards? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 332,423 people with the last name Edwards.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Edwards? Edwards was ranked as the 58th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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