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Team Edward vs. Team Jacob

Team Edward vs. Team Jacob
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Friday New Moon, the second installment in the Twilight trilogy, hits movie theaters.  Twilight fans will no doubt be out in force that night, and as the anticipation grows, battle lines are already being drawn.  Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob?  Apparently on this one there is no in-between!  PEOPLE gives the run down of where some celebs fall and how the competition is playing out on water bottles!  Kim Kardashian's bottle has an image of Taylor Lautner's face on it (making her Team Jacob), whereas Ashley Tisdale's bottle carries Robert Pattinson famous mug (Team Edward).  MTV Movies Blog tells us President Obama has revealed that he and Malia read the Twilight series, but he has yet to take a side between Team Edward or Jacob.

Like the President, we will not say whether Edward or Jacob seems the best fit for Bella. Instead, we'll look at how their names measure up:

Edward

  • top 1000 names since the 1880s
  • currently rank: #148
  • highest rank: #8 in the 1910s
  • derives from Old English Eadweard -- wealthy or fortunate guardian. A compound name: ēad (prosperity, wealth) and weard (guardian, protector). A royal name.

Jacob

  • top 1000 names since the 1880s
  • currently rank: # 1
  • highest rank: #1 since 2003
  • from Ecclesiastic Late Latin Iacobus, in turn from Greek Iakōbos and then derived from Hebrew Yaakov.  The name's root is in ya`aqob -- seizing by the heel, supplanting.  A biblical name.

(information from Baby Name Voyager and Namipedia)

So, how do they stack up?  Looking at the numbers, Jacob dominates the field.  The name's been number one for years now, and has remained in the top 1000 names for over a century.  Edward has not had that degree of popularity.  But, looking at the names' origins, Team Edward starts to look like it has a chance.  The supplanter vs. the fortunate guardian?  On this test, the odds look to be in Edward's favor. 

Did Stephenie Meyer choose these names as clues as to what would unfold?  Are the names hints about what will happen with Bella and her men?  Where do you fall, Team Edward or Team Jacob?

--D.J.

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