Derived from the old English elements ead “wealth, fortune” and weard “guard,” the name Edward means “rich guard”—and we couldn’t agree more given that some of the most successful, popular celebrities of our time happen to share that lucky name!
Is it coincidence that birthday boy Edward Norton is one of the best actors of our generation? Or that Eddie Redmayne stole the title from Daniel Radcliffe and became everyone’s favorite magician? Or that Ed Sheeran happens to write the absolute best love songs? We think not.
And it’s all thanks to the name Edward.
In honor of Norton’s 49th birthday, here’s a countdown of all our favorite famous Edwards/Eddies/ Eds who have taken Hollywood by storm! Click through our photo gallery above at your own risk—you’ll probably want to change your name to Edward after reading this!