Of English origin.
Derived from the Anglo-Saxon form “Ēadweard”, composed of the elements “ead”, meaning wealth, fortune, prosperous and “weard”, meaning guardian, protector.
Saint Edward the Confessor was the king of England before the Norman conquest.
He was known as a just ruler and was so popular that his name remained in use after the conquest even though most of Old English names were replaced by Norman monikers.
It is one of the few Old English names that are used throughout Europe in various spellings.
Edward was adopted in the Iberian peninsula since the 15th century, due to Edward, king of Portugal, whose mother was English.
Spanish and Portuguese forms of the name are Eduardo and Duarte. There are other forms such as the French Édouard, Italian Edoardo and Scandinavian Edvard.
Famous bearers are Edward Norton, Ed Harris, E.E. Cummings, E.M. Forster, Edward Snowden, Ed Westwick, Ed Davis.
Edward is a popular name in England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Ireland and United States.
Edward Norton is an American actor and director.
He has been nominated three times for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards and has earned a Golden Globe and a BOFCA Award.
He starred in numerous critically acclaimed films, such as “American History X”, “Birdman”, “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “Fight Club”, “25th Hour”, “The Illusionist”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, etc.