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What does the name Edwards mean?

Edwards means 'son of Edward' deriving from the Middle English first name meaning guardian of prosperity. It is a very common name in Wales, where the first documented example of the name appeared in 1498. Famous Edwards include Pink Panther director Blake Edwards, Welsh rugby player Gareth Edwards, and eighteenth century Protestant theologian Jonathan Edwards.

The earliest occurrence of the Edwards surname in our family history documents is from 1430, and we currently have 4,034,571 records where Edwards appears.

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