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Gender: F Meaning of Enid: "life, spirit" Origin of Enid: Welsh

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This Celtic goddess and Arthurian name may sound terminally old-ladyish to many ears--but so did names like Ella and Etta not so long ago. So Enid is yet another forgotten four-letter E-possibility: she's has been M.I.A since 1954.

You might not know it to look at her, but Enid is Welsh, from the word meaning 'life' or 'soul.' Back in the Age of Chivalry, to call a woman 'a second Enid' was the greatest of compliments, as she was a legendary romantic figure, revived in Tennyson's Idyll of the Kings. In more modern times, Enid is the title of a Bare Naked Ladies song and a quirky character in the quirky film Ghost World.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Enid

Enid Coleslaw, from the movie/graphic novel Ghost World
Enid Nightshade in the Worst Witch books
Enid Rollins in the Sweet Valley books by Francine Pascal
Enid Frick, editor of Vogue magazine on Sex and the City
Mrs Enid Mary Sinnott, old deaf-mute owner of Dublin hotel in William Trevor's novel Mrs Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel (1969)
Gladys and Enid Worsley, twins in Sylvia Scarlett (1918) by Compton Mackenzie
Enid, Oklahoma (city)
Enid Lake, Mississippi
From Tennyson's Idylls of the King: "Enid, the pilot star of my lone life, / Enid, my early and my only love, / Enid, the loss of whom hath turned me wild."

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