Edward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Edward surname is derived from the old English word "Eadweard" which means "prosperity guard." [1] Prior to the Norman Conquest of England, Edward was a common personal name; its popularity probably due to the fact that Edward the Confessor (1003-1066) had been the Patron Saint of England before Saint George.

Early Origins of the Edward family

The surname Edward was 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. Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed William Edward in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Adam Edward; Willelmus Edward, taylour; and Ricardus Edward. [3]

Early History of the Edward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edward research. Another 153 words (11 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 Edward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edward Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Edward are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Edward include: Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.

Early Notables of the Edward family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Humphrey Edwards (1582-1658), one of the regicides of King Charles I of England, attended Shrewsbury School in 1615, appointed a gentleman to King Charles I...
Another 31 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.

Ireland Migration of the Edward family to Ireland

Some of the Edward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Edward migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Edward or a variant listed above:

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 [4]
  • John Edward, who arrived in America in 1654-1679 [4]
  • Seath Edward, who arrived in Virginia in 1661 [4]
  • ... (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 [4]
  • Catherine Edward, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709 [4]
  • Arthur Edward, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710 [4]
  • Richard Edward, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1710 [4]
Edward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Edward, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Thomas Edward, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830 [4]
  • William Henry Edward, who arrived in New York in 1842 [4]
  • James, Edward Jr., who landed in New York in 1842 [4]
  • Magdalena Allardice Edward, who landed in New York in 1842 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Edward migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Edward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Rose Edward, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Jane Edward, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Edward, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Edward migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Edward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Edward, (b. 1806), aged 28, English Fuller who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 7 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1895 [5]
  • King Miller Edward, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848 [6]
  • Mr. Benjamin Edward, (b. 1836), aged 13, Cornish settler departing from London on 17th March 1849 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 23rd July 1849 [7]
  • George Edward, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

New Zealand Edward migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Edward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Edward, (b. 1831), aged 28, British farm servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [8]
  • Mrs. Janet Edward, (b. 1831), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [8]
  • Mr. James Edward, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [8]
  • Henry W. Edward, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Charles Edward, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Edward (post 1700) +

  • Robert Edward III, American businessman, philanthropist, and yachtsman, founder of CNN television in 1980
  • Donald Edward, American cartoonist for "Mad" magazine
  • Nelson T. Edward, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1936 [9]
  • J. C. Edward, American politician, Mayor of Texarkana, Arkansas, 1894-96 [9]
  • Lincoln Edward Kirstein (1907-1996), American writer, impresario, art connoisseur and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870), American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army
  • Howard Edward Butt Sr. (1895-1991), American businessman and philanthropist, founder of the HEB grocery store chain
  • Michael Edward Lonsdale Crouch (1931-2020), known as Michael Lonsdale, French actor who appeared in over 180 films and television shows, known for his roles as the villain Hugo, Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, the detective Claude Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and M. Dupont d'Ivry in The Remains of the Day
  • George Edward Foreman (b. 1949), American two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and successful entrepreneur
  • Mark Edward Loane AM (b. 1954), Australian former rugby union football player, who played 89 games for Queensland and 28 Tests for the Wallabies

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 [10]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HINDOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hindoo.gif
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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