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

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, character in movie/graphic novel "Ghost World"
Enid Nightshade, character in the Worst Witch series
Enid Rollins, character in the Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal
Enid Frick, editor of Vogue magazine on TV's "Sex and the City"
Enid Mary Sinnott, old deaf-mute owner of Dublin hotel in William Trevor's novel Mrs Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel (1969)
Enid Worsley, character in Sylvia Scarlett (1918) by Compton Mackenzie; twin sister Gladys
Enid Hoopes, character in "Legally Blonde: The Musical"
"Enid," song by the Barenaked Ladies
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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."
Enid - teenaged character on The Walking Dead

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