The Edwards Name
The Edwards name is believed to have originated from Wales, but references to the use of the name have been found in England 200 years before it appeared in Wales. The oldest reference to the name comes from the old English word 'Eadweard' which means 'prosperity guard'. Many references to the name can be found in the Doomsday Book including one 'Eaduuardus 1066'. Edward was a common personal name prior to the Norman conquest. Its widespread has been attributed to the fact that Edward the Confessor was the Patron Saint of England before Saint George.
Other early records show William Edward listed in the Curia Regis Rolls in Suffolk, England in 1219 and a Christina Edwardis recorded in Huntingdonshire, England in 1279.
The use hereditary family names started as late as the 16th century when the normal practice was to take the father's name as the family name. This explains the origin of many surnames taken from the names of Evan, Hugh, William, Davy and Edward.
Coat Of Arms
Ermine, a gold lion rampant.
(Reference: Burke's General Armoury)
The Coat of Arms (right) is an illustration of a Coat of Arms given to a person named Edwards. However, a Coat of Arms is issued to an individual and it can only be used by that individual's descendants.
For any person to have a right to a coat of arms they must either have had it granted to them or be descended in the legitimate male line from a person to whom arms were granted or confirmed in the past.
(Reference: College of Arms)
God be our strength / Duw fyddo ein cryfdwr