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This surname and its variants – Edward, Edwards, Edwardson and Edwardes – derive from the personal name Edward and, as such, is a patronymic surname which refers back to an ancestor who had Edward as a given name.

The original name Edward comes from an Old English name which is composed of the elements 'ead', meaning prosperity or fortune, and 'w(e)ard', meaning guard. It was very popular in England, as well as throughout large parts of Europe, mainly as it was the name of several English kings, including Edward the Confessor (c.1003–1066).

In England, hereditary surnames such as Edward and Edwardson, had become established by around 1400, however in Wales such surnames only became evident between the 16th and 19th centuries, depending on where in the cou
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 1 of 3) The Edwards name has a long history in British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Edwards story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Edwards surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Edwards story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. An ancestor and many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 1 of 3) The Edwards name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the north-west region of the Emerald Island. The Edwards story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup C1] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Edwards surname origin is possibly from the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who found the Kingdom of Brycheiniog, Wales around 300 CE.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Kingdom of Brycheiniog will take part in an invasion of Brittany, France around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Edwards story begins in pre-history Ireland but this descendant will then move to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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    EDWARDS Family History

    This surname and its variants – Edward, Edwards, Edwardson and Edwardes – derive from the personal name Edward and, as such, is a patronymic surname which refers back to an ancestor who had Edward as a given name.

    The original name Edward comes from an Old English name which is composed of the elements 'ead', meaning prosperity or fortune, and 'w(e)ard', meaning guard. It was very popular in England, as well as throughout large parts of Europe, mainly as it was the name of several English kings, including Edward the Confessor (c.1003–1066).

    In England, hereditary surnames such as Edward and Edwardson, had become established by around 1400, however in Wales such surnames only became evident between the 16th and 19th centuries, depending on where in the country a family lived and on their social status. The further west and north a family lived in Wales, the later they adopted a hereditary surname. In some parts of the north west, some families only adopted such a surname during the first half of the 19th century. In Wales therefore, the Edward/Edwards surname refers back to an ancestor with the given name Edward who lived during that period.

    It is widespread throughout Wales and in adjacent English counties, including Herefordshire and Shropshire. It is less common in the north of England and Scotland.

    In 1881, the surname was widespread across Wales as well as the south and west of England. The highest number of Edwards entries was recorded in Kent with 2,415 occurrences. The most common occupation for Edwards family members in 1881 was farming, labouring and coal mining.

    In 1891, 82,799 individuals were recorded as having the Edwards surname in England and Wales, with a further 1,272 recorded in Scotland.

    Notable people

    • Jonathan Edwards (1703—58), an American philosopher, preacher  and president of Princeton University, was well known for A Dissertation Concerning The End For Which God Created The World. It was published after his death in 1765 along with a similar publication – The Nature of True Virtue.
    • Huw Edwards (b. 1961), Welsh journalist, presenter and BBC newsreader. Raised in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, his father was Hywel Teifi Edwards, a prominent Welsh academic, broadcaster and author.
    • Jonathan Edwards (b. 1966), English triple jumper and TV presenter, and Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champion who has held the world triple jump record since 1995.
    • In August 1809, a William Edwards, an English convict from Kent, was transported aboard the 'Ann', settling in New South Wales, Australia.

     

    SOURCES:

    1881, 1891 Census

    Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

    Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

    The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

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

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

    https://convictrecords.com.au/convicts/edwards/william/110418

     

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