Edwin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Edwin

Edwin

Pronunciation: EHD-win (key)

Origin of the name Edwin:

Borrowed from the English, Edwin is derived from the obsolete Old English Eadwine, a compound name composed of the elements ēad (prosperity, fortune, riches) and wine (friend): hence, “wealthy friend.” Var: Edwyn.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Ed, Eddie

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This was my grandpa's name, I can't really see it as a modern child's name.
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This was my mother's father's name as well, It's always seemed odd to me; almost never meet anyone else with this name. I hate "Ed", go by "Win" most of the time. The graph shows a sad steady decline in usage over time, with a slight bump lately (I wonder why).

Nicknames for Edwin: | Edit

Ed, Win, Eddie, Ted

Meanings and history of the name Edwin: | Edit

It is supposed to be descended from Eadwine, which means "Friend of Wealth" or"Wealthy Friend" (which seem subtly different) or "Wealthy in Friendship" or "Happy Friend" depending on your source.

Famous real-life people named Edwin: | Edit

Edwin Hubble, American astronomer. The Hubble Telescope is named after him.
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, astronaut.
Edwin, King of Northumbria (c.586 - 632/3)
Edwin "Win" Butler, lead singer of The Arcade Fire
Edwin Starr, musician
Edwin Booth, actor, brother of John Wilkes Booth
Edwin Newman, news presenter
Edwin Jackson, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Edwin McCain, American alternative musician.
Edwin "Eddie" Mathews, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd Baseman.

Edwin in song, story & screen: | Edit

Edwin Venturi, from Life With Derek
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished novel by Chas. Dickens

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