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Gender: F Meaning of Edna: "rejuvenation, delight" Origin of Edna: Hebrew

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Edna is one of those names that, until what it seemed like a few minutes ago, felt so terminally frumpy that no one could imagine a parent choosing it for an innocent modern baby girl. But with the great upswing in names honoring ancestral family members, several of them being other four-letter, e-ending names, we wouldn't be so sure.

Edna, which means delight, is a semi-biblical name--in the Apocrypha she is seen as a loving mother-- and was enormously popular in this country in the late nineteenth century, reaching as high as Number 11. It also relates to Eden--another, more contemporary sounding, option.

Three literary bearers of the name are Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edna Ferber and Edna O'Brien, and to some the name might be identified with the campy character, Dame Edna Everage.

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Famous People Named Edna

Edna Ferber, American novelist
Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet
Edna Purviance, American silent film actress; frequent Charlie Chaplin co-star
Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist
Edna May Oliver, American character actress
Edna Staebler, Canadian journalist and cookbook author
Edna Lyall, pen name of English novelist Ada Ellen Bayly
Edna Kiplagat, Kenyan distance runner
Edna Dore, English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Edna

Edna Mode, character in animated movie 'The Incredibles'
Edna Krabappel, character from TV's 'The Simpsons'
Edna Pontellier, protagonist of Kate Chopin's 'The Awakening'

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