Gender: Masculine
Origin: Anglo-Saxon
Meaning: “wealthy guardian.”
Eng (ED-werd; ED-word)

The name is composed of the Anglo-Saxon elements, ead (rich; waelthy) and weard (guard). Due to the popularity of St. Edward the Confessor, the name was one of the few Anglo-Saxon names to have survived the Norman Conquest and to have spread to non-Anglo-Saxon countries.

The name has remained common in the British Royal Family.

As of 2010, Edward was the 43rd most popular male name in England/Wales. His rankings in other countries, in his various forms, are as follows:

  • # 3 (Eetu, Finland, 2011)
  • # 20 (Duarte, Portugal, 2010)
  • # 21 (Eduard, Romania, 2009)
  • # 28 (Edoardo, Italy, 2010)
  • # 61 (Australia, NSW, 2010)
  • # 72 (New Zealand, 2010)
  • # 79 (Eduardo, Spain, 2010)
  • # 94 (Eduard, Catalonia, 2010)
  • # 97 (Edvard, Norway, 2010)
  • # 136 (United States, 2010)
  • # 153 (Eduardo, United States, 2010)
  • # 169 (Scotland, 2010)
  • # 226 (Édouard, France, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Eduard Էդվարդ Эдуард ედუარდ Эдуард Едуард (Afrikaans/Albanian/Armenian/Belarusian/Bosnian/Catalan/Croatian/Czech/Dutch/Estonian/Georgian/German/Romanian/Romansch/Russian/Slovak/Ukrainian)
  • Ēadƿeard (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Idward إدوارد (Arabic: used primarily among Christians)
  • Edorta (Basque)
  • Edvard Эдвард Эдвард Едвард (Belarusian/Czech/Faroese/Finnish/Russian/Scandinavian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Edouarzh (Breton)
  • Eduardu (Corsican/Sardinian)
  • Edward (English/German/Polish)
  • Eetu (Finnish)
  • Eetvartti (Finnish)
  • Etuate (Fijian)
  • Édouard (French)
  • Edo (Frisian)
  • Edzard (Frisian)
  • Eide (Frisian/Plattdeutsch)
  • Eido (Frisian)
  • Eduardos Εδουάρδος (Greek)
  • Ekewaka (Hawaiian)
  • Eduárd (Hungarian)
  • Edvárd (Hungarian)
  • Eðvarð(ur) (Icelandic)
  • Játvarður (Icelandic)
  • Éadbhard (Irish)
  • Éamonn (Irish)
  • Edoardo (Italian)
  • Eduardo (Italian/Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Odoardo (Italian: Tuscan)
  • Eduards (Latvian)
  • Edvards (Latvian)
  • Eduardas (Lithuanian)
  • Edvardas (Lithuanian)
  • Eruera (Maori)
  • Dwardu (Maltese)
  • Duarte (Portuguese)
  • Eideard (Scottish)
  • Eudard (Scottish)
Common diminutives include:
  • Edi (Albanian/Bosnian/Croatian/Slovene/Spanish)
  • Ed (Dutch/English/German/Scandinavian)
  • Eddie (English/German/Scandinavian)
  • Ned (English)
  • Ted (English)
  • Teddy (English)
  • Edek (Polish)
  • Dadu (Portuguese)
  • Du (Portuguese)
  • Edu (Portuguese)
  • Lalo (Spanish)
In recent years, especially in the United States, the name has possibly risen in popularity due to the Twilight Series, in which one of the protagonists is named Edward.
There are a few feminine forms, namely the Spanish and Italian, Eduarda, which I shall save for another post.


Gender: Masculine
Origin: English
Meaning: “rich protector.”
Eng (ED-mund)

The name is composed of the Anglo-Saxon elements, ead (wealth; riches) and mund (protector).

The name was quite common in Medieval England, both before and after the Norman conquest, and remained common all the way up until this century.

It was borne by two English kings and by two saints.

The highest the name has ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1913, when Edmund was the 130th most popular male name. As of 2009, he does not even rank in the U.S. top 1000.

Other forms of the name include:

Eadmund (Anglo-Saxon)
Edmund (Czech/English/Estonian/German/Polish/Slovak/Slovene)
Edmundur (Faroese)
Edmé (French: archaic)
Edmond (French)
Emond (German)
Ödön (Hungarian)
Játmundur (Icelandic)
Jetmund (Icelandic)
Eamon/Éamonn (Irish-Gaelic)
Edmeo (Italian)
Edmo (Italian)
Edmondo (Italian)
Edno (Italian)
Edmao (Limburgish)
Mao (Limburgish)
Edmundo (Portuguese/Spanish)

Feminine forms include:

Edmonia (English)
Edmée (French)
Edma (Italian)
Edmea (Italian)
Edmonda (Italian)

Nicknames include:

Ed, Eddie, Ned (Dutch/English)
Edi/Edo (Czech/Slovak)
Ödi (Hungarian)

Notable bearers include: English poet Edmund Spenser (1552-1599); Czech philosopher, Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) and New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)

The designated name-days are:

October 6 (Estonia); October 16 (Poland); October 30 (Poland); November 20 (Poland); December 1 (Poland/Slovakia); March 18 (Sweden).


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/edmund