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Gender: F Meaning of Edith: "prosperous in war" Origin of Edith: English Edith's Popularity in 2013: #719

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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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Famous People Named Edith

Edith Wharton (born Edith Newbold Jones), American novelist
E‰dith Piaf (born E‰dith Giovanna Gassion), French singer
Edith Louisa Cavell, English nurse executed by the Germans for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
Edith Louisa Sitwell, English poet
Edith Eleanor Bowman, Scottish radio DJ
Edith Head (born Edith Claire Posener), American costume designer who won eight Academy Awards, more than any other designer
Edith, birth name of Matilda of Scotland, queen consort of Henry I of England
Edith Mary Evans, English actress
Edith Mary Pargeter, English historical novelist
Saint Edith Stein aka Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, German-Jewish-born nun and Holocaust victim
Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, American socialite and inspiration for movie "Grey Gardens'
Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier, American socialite and inspiration for movie "Grey Gardens"

Pop Culture References for the Name Edith

Edith Bunker, Archie's wife on TV's "All in the Family"
Edith Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Edith, little girl in animated movie "Despicable Me"
Edith Moor, character in John Galsworthy's Forsyte saga
Edith Ann, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches
Edith Shaw Lennox, character in "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Edith Stanley, a character in musical "The Pirates of Penzance"
Edith Prior, character in the Divergent trilogy
Edith "Edie" Burchill, character from the novel The distant hours, by Kate Morton

Eadie, Eadith, Ede, Edie, Edit, Edithe, Ediva, Edy, Edyte, Edyth, Edythe, Eidith, Eidyth, Eyde, Eydie, Eydith

Edith's International Variations

Edita, Ditka, Dita (Czech) Editha (German) Ekika, Edi (Hawaiian) Edetta, Editta (Italian) Edda, Edka, Edyta, Ita, Eda (Polish)