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Edward (m) An Old English name composed of two
elements meaning ‘rich, happy’ and ‘guardian.’ Its historical associations are mainly English, but the name has long been popular in other countries. In Scotland Edward ranked 30th in i858 and 30th again in 1958. In between those two dates it rose in the 1930’s to 18th position. The name continues to be used by Scottish parents but it is not particularly fashionable.

The Gaelic form of the name is Eldeard and there are many pet forms, such as Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Ned, Neddie, Neddy, Ted, Teddie, Teddy.

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