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The EDWARD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 5,207 6074 0.002 19
United States (1880 census) 4,185 1477 0.008 84
Change since 1880 +1022 -4597 -0.006 -65
Other Countries
Australia 341 4627 0.002 21
United Kingdom 1,233 4413 0.003 27
Top States for EDWARD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 470 3568 0.002 25
California 448 5469 0.001 13
Texas 389 4714 0.002 19
Florida 384 4590 0.002 24
Michigan 283 3661 0.003 28
Top States for EDWARD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 167 2988 0.004 37
Michigan 283 3661 0.003 28
Mississippi 81 3396 0.003 28
Connecticut 94 4214 0.003 28
Georgia 218 3523 0.003 27


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called EDWARD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called EDWARD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called EDWARD in New York than any other state, but you are more likely to find a EDWARD by picking someone at random in Louisiana than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of EDWARD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the EDWARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the EDWARD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of EDWARD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 165 3.17
Asian/Pacific 148 2.84
Mixed Race 144 2.77
Native American/Alaskan 30 0.58
Black/African American 2,654 50.97
White (Caucasian) 2,066 39.68

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the EDWARD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of EDWARD in historical publications

EDWARD. The personal name, which has given rise as surnames to Edwards, Ethards, Edwardson, Tedd, and perhaps to Edes, Edkins, &c.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

(origin: Sax.) From Ead, blessed, and ard, nature or disposition.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to EDWARD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as EDWARD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for EDWARD

The following words are slight variants of EDWARD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.