The surname Edward is of patronymic origin and is derived from the Old English Eadweard meaning "prosperity-guard." The first written reference to the name Edward is in England in the Domesday Book of 1086. Today the surname Edward is primarily associated with Wales with families also in Ireland and England. There are over 5,000 bearers of the name Edward in the United States and it is the 6074th most popular name in that country.
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