Edith was a hugely popular name a hundred years ago that's being revived among stylish parents in London--iand is beginning to gain traction here among those with a taste for old-fashioned names with a soft but strong image.
The name of two American First Ladies, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, as well as that of the wife of William the Conqueror, Edith is one of the oldest surviving Anglo-Saxon names. Widely used in nineteenth century novels, Edith was chosen by Louisa May Alcott for the heroine of her first novel The Inheritance, written when she was seventeen.
Edith Wharton makes a fine literary namesake, with other noted bearers including poet Edith Sitwell, iconic Hollywood movie designer Edith Head and, for francophiles, there is the reference to Edith Piaf. With the rise of so many other E-starting names from Ella to Evelyn and the adorable short form Edie, we predict that Edith will soon sound more like a cute toddler than a dated granny, especially with the emergence of one of the most interesting characters on Downton Abbey, Lady Edith Crawley.
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