Given Name EDWIN

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English, Dutch
PRONOUNCED: ED-win (English), ED-win (Dutch), ED-vin (Dutch)  [details]

Meaning & History

Means "rich friend" from the Old English elements ead "wealth, fortune" and wine "friend". This was the name of a 7th-century Northumbrian king, regarded as a saint. After the Norman conquest the name was not popular, but it was eventually revived in the 19th century. A notable bearer was the astronaut Edwin Aldrin (1930-), also known as Buzz, the second man to walk on the moon.
VARIANT: Edwyn (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Ed, Eddie, Eddy (English), Ed (Dutch)
FEMININE FORMS: Edwina, Edweena, Edwena, Edwyna (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Eadwine (Anglo-Saxon), Edvin (Danish), Edvin (Estonian), Edvin (Finnish), Edvin (Hungarian), Edvin (Norwegian), Edvin (Swedish)


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Entry updated December 3, 2014