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EDWARDS Surname Meaning & Origin:

Edwards is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Edward." The early medieval English given name Edward means "prosperous guardian," from the Old English "Eadward," composed of the elements ead (prosperity or fortune) and w(e)ard (guard).

Edwards is the 53rd most popular surname in the United States and the 17th most common surname in England.

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Alternate Surname Spellings:

EDWARDES, EDWARDSON, EDWARD, EDWART

Genealogy Resources for the Surname EDWARDS:

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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