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Origins of the Edwards surname

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What does the name Edwards mean?

The Edwards surname is the 14th most popular in Wales, and the 21st in England. It has a patronymic origin, referring to the 'son of Edward'. Many early Edwards nameholders in Wales claimed descent from Welsh royalty, but with such diffuse origins it is impossible to point to a single place of origin in England or Wales.

Alternative variations of the name Edwards

Edwards, Edward, Edwardes, Edwads, Edwood

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Where do most Edwardses live?

In 1921, most Edwardses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Edwardses

How common is your surname?

24th most common surname in the UK

We have 864,000 records for the Edwards surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Edwardses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Edwards first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Edwardses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Edwardses in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




House Servant


Common Male occupations for Edwardses in 1921
Coal Miner




Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




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