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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, from Old English Ead-wine, literally "prosperity-friend, friend of riches," from ead "wealth, prosperity, joy" (see Edith) + wine "friend, protector" (related to winnan "to strive, struggle, fight;" see win (v.)).


The name Edwin means "rich friend". It comes from the Old English elements "ead" (rich, blessed) and "wine" (friend). The original Anglo-Saxon form is Eadwine, which is also found for Anglo-Saxon figures.

Edwin may refer to:

;Anglo-Saxon Edwins and Eadwines
  • Edwin (died 632 or 633), King of Northumbria and Christian saint
  • Edwin, son of Edward the Elder (died 933)
  • Eadwine of Sussex (died 982), King of Sussex
  • Eadwine of Abingdon (died 990), Abbot of Abingdon
  • Edwin, Earl of Mercia (died 1071), brother-in-law of Harold Godwinson (Harold II)
;More recent Edwins
  • Edwin Starr, (January 21, 1942 – April 2, 2003) was an American soul music singer. Starr is most famous for his Norman Whitfield produced singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit 'War'.
  • Edwin (musician), Canadian musician
  • Edwin Eugene Aldrin, better known as Buzz Aldrin, American astronaut
  • Edwin Howard Armstrong American inventor
  • Edwin Booth, Shakespearean actor
  • Edwin Cassiani, Colombian boxer
  • Edwin Centeno, Peruvian race walker
  • Edwin L. Cox, American oilman and philanthropist from Dallas, Texas.
  • Edwin Davies, British businessman and philanthropist
  • Edwin L. Elwood (1847-1907), American soldier
  • Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays baseball player
  • Edwin M. Gardner (1845-1935), American painter.
  • Edwin Haslam (born 1932), a physical organic chemist and an author of books on polyphenols
  • Edwin N. Hubbell, American politician
  • Edwin Hubble, American astronomer for whom the Hubble Telescope is named
  • Isiah Edwin Leopold, known as Ed Wynn, 20th-century American comic
  • Edwin McCain, Musician
  • Edwin Meese, American Attorney General
  • Edwin Mosquera, Colombian weightlifter
  • Edwin Orozco, Colombian road cyclist
  • Edwin Alfred Rickards (1872-1920), British architect.
  • Edwin van der Sar, Dutch football (soccer) goalkeeper
  • Edwin Vurens, Dutch football (soccer) player
  • Edwin Wijeyeratne, Sri Lankan cabinet minister
  • Edwin Moses, Athlete
Fictional people
  • Edwin, a doctor who turns out to be a psychopathic killer in the 2010 film Predators
  • Edwin the Old, mythical Swedish king
  • Edwin Jarvis, fictional Marvel Comics supporting character
  • Edwin Odesseiron, fictional wizard in the game Baldur's Gate
  • Edwin Poole; senior partner, Crane, Poole and Schmitt in the TV series Boston Legal.
Edwin (musician)

Edwin (born Edwin Ghazal) is a Canadian alternative rock singer from Toronto. He was the lead vocalist for successful Canadian rock band I Mother Earth from 1991 to 1997 and a solo artist from 1999 to 2006. He is currently the lead singer for the Canadian super group Crash Karma, as well as a bartender at Tattoo Rock Parlour in Toronto. In 2016, he will reunite with I Mother Earth for a series of shows.

Edwin (company)

Edwin or often capitalized, EDWIN, is a Japanese clothing brand founded in 1969 by Edwin Company (株式会社エドウイン, Kabushiki-gaisha Edowin) mainly focused on jeans manufacture. The company has 365 employees and a revenue of 35 billion yen (as of 2002) according to the official site. The company has the largest flagship fashion store in Japan in Arakawa, Tokyo.

Their most popular line of clothing is the 503 jeans model which was first sold in 1997.

Actor Brad Pitt has been an official spokesman and model for the brand, appearing in many of its advertisements in the past.

Edwin (disambiguation)

Edwin is a given name.

Edwin may also refer to:

  • Edwin, California, community in Amador County
  • 1046 Edwin, asteroid discovered by George Van Biesbroeck and named after his son
  • Eadwine Psalter, 12th-century English illuminated manuscript, named after its scribe
  • Edwin (clothing), Japanese garment brand
  • Edwin (ship), 15-ton schooner wrecked near Cape Hawke, New South Wales, Australia, in late June 1816
  • EDWin, electronics design for Windows
  • Edwin, an Emacs-like editor built into MIT/GNU Scheme

Usage examples of "edwin".

Colonel James Edwin Adair was the head of the special OSI team that investigated the charges against Sarah and her lover.

Guy and Edwin, both considerably excited, argued and contradicted one another more warmly than even the Beechwood liberty of speech allowed.

Before she left Beechwood, Edwin came in and hurriedly spoke to his mother.

National Guard infantrymen was mobilized by Edwin Kincaid, the governor of Ohio, to protect the factory.

Edwin of Mercia and Morkere of Northumbria, the man the earldom had chosen in place of Tostig.

I would like to acknowledge the help of Edwin Duncan, Juris Lidaka and Aniina Jokinnen in identifying some of the poems no Longer attributed to Chaucer.

But Edwin was not more distinguished among his brother shepherds, than was Imogen among the fair.

Blackie had done exactly as she had instructed, uprooting that walled rose garden where Edwin Fairley had so inhumanly and shamefully repudiated her and their child, which she had been carrying.

Edwin the train chuffed importantly down the tracks toward the great oversize platform, decorated with so many flags, streamers, ribbons, and bunting that it was a wonder the station didn't collapse under the weight of it all.

Neither Hill Lamon, in his foolish pride, nor Edwin Stanton, in all his fierce caginess, seemed to understand how much store Lincoln set in the power of Uncle Horace.

Shackley's later partners in the "Enterprise," Tom Clines and Edwin P.

At length incited by their expostulations to the collectedness of reflection and the fortitude of exertion, he determined, with that quickness of invention with which he had been endowed at his birth, upon a plan to elude, if possible, the perseverance of Edwin, and the menaces of his fate.

Edwin didn't want the entertainment to stop and shouted encouragement to spur Alford on.

On a Saturday in the early days of the following year, 1892, Edwin by special request had gone in to take afternoon tea with the Orgreaves.

Edwin also had another computer, an electronic music keyboard, two CD players, and innumerable stereo speakers trailing wires everywhere.