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Where did the English Edwardes family come from? What is the English Edwardes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Edwardes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Edwardes family history?

The Edwardes surname is derived from the old English word "Eadweard" which means "prosperity guard." Prior to the Norman Conquest of England, Edward was a common personal; its popularity probably due to the fact that Edward the Confessor had been the Patron Saint of England before Saint George.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Edwardes family name include Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.

First found in Wiltshire where Edward of Salisbury, also known as Edward the Sheriff (of Wiltshire) held land at the time of the Domesday Survey. He was an ancestor of Earls of Salisbury. The name appeared as Eaduuardus, Eduuardus, Eduuard in the Domesday Book.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edwardes research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1219, 1279, 1283, 1597, 1582, 1658, 1615, 1637, 1711, 1801, 1471, 1678 and are included under the topic Early Edwardes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edwardes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Edwardes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Edwardes surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Edwardes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Edwardes, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Robert Edwardes, aged 22, arrived in America in 1635
  • Evan Edwardes, who settled in Barbados in 1660
  • David Edwardes, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1698

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  • George Edwardes (1852-1915), English theatrical manager
  • Sir Herbert Benjamin Edwardes (1819-1868), English soldier
  • Sir Michael Owens Edwardes (b. 1930), South African/British business executive


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The Edwardes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edwardes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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