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The Welsh surname Edward was derived from the personal name Edward. This name is in turn derived from the Old English forename "Eadweard," which literally means "prosperity-guard." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Edward Early Origins



The surname Edward was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where they held a family seat 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.

"Edwards of Nanhoron descends from one of the royal tribes of Wales through Sir Griffith Lloyd and Sir Howell y Fwyallt; Edwards of Ness Strange descends from Einion Effel, lord of Cynllaeth, co. Montgomery, 1182; Edwards of Old-Court, co. Wicklow, claims from Roderick the Great, king of all Wales in 843, through his younger son, Tudwall Gloff or "the lame," whose descendants settled in Ireland in the XVII. century." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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Edward Spelling Variations


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Edward Spelling Variations



Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Edward has seen various spelling variations: Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.

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Edward Early History


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Edward Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edward research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1597, 1776, 1605, 1656, 1629, 1712, 1686, 1712, 1615, 1681, 1636, 1648, 1664, 1679, 1652, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Edward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Edward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Edward Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Edwards (c.1605-1656), a Welsh Anglican priest and translator; Jonathan Edwards (1629-1712), Welsh theologian and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1686 to...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Edward In Ireland


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Edward In Ireland



Some of the Edward 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Edward

Edward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Old Edward who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607
  • Richard Edward, who settled in St. Christopher in 1633
  • Walter Edward, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • John Edward, who arrived in America in 1654-1679
  • Seath Edward, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Edward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Edward, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Catherine Edward, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Arthur Edward, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Richard Edward, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1710

Edward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Edward, who landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Edward, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • William Henry Edward, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • James, Edward Jr., who landed in New York in 1842
  • Magdalena Allardice Edward, who landed in New York in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Edward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Rose Edward, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Jane Edward, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Edward, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

Edward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • King Miller Edward arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848
  • George Edward, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

Edward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry W. Edward arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Charles Edward, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Margaret Edward, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • George Edward, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Edward (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Edward (post 1700)



  • Nelson T. Edward, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1936
  • J. C. Edward, American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, 1894-96
  • Robert Edward III, American businessman, philanthropist, and yachtsman, founder of CNN television in 1980
  • Donald Edward, American cartoonist for "Mad" magazine

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Edward Historic Events


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Edward Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Samuel Edward, aged 27, Belarusians First Class passenger from Minsk, Belarus who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Edward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edward 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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