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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Origins Available: English, Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.

First found in Denbighshire , where they were seated from very ancient times, and were descended from Einion Efell, Lord of Cynlleth, living in 1182, son of Madoc, Prince of Powys, who built Oswestry Castle in 1148.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Old Edward who arrived at at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607; John Edward who settled in Virginia in 1699; Richard Edward, who settled in St. Christopher in 1633.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Edwards
  • Douglas Edwards (1917-1990), America's first network news television anchor
  • James Burrows Edwards (b. 1927), American Republican politician and oral surgeon, who was governor of South Carolina from 1975 to 1979
  • Admiral Richard Stanislaus Edwards DSM (1885-1956), American sailor, served in the United States Navy during World War I and World War II, and rose to Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • Edwin Edwards (b. 1927), American politician, Representative from Louisiana, governor of Louisiana (1972-1980, 1984-1988, 1992-1996)
  • Walter Alison Edwards (1862-1924), American educator, President of California Institute of Technology from 1897 to 1907
  • John Reid Edwards (b. 1953), American Lawyer and Senator from North Carolina (1998-)
  • Gus Edwards (1879-1945), American songwriter and vaudevillian inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970
  • Sherman Edwards (1919-1981), Tony Award winning American composer
  • Junior D. Edwards (1926-1951), American Army soldier during the Korean War posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Lena Frances Edwards (1900-1986), American physician from New Jersey, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom


Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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