"happy, carefree"

Blythe Origin and Meaning

The name Blythe is a girl's name of English origin meaning "happy, carefree".

Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliĂ°e, meaning "merry" or "cheerful." Today the homophone blithe shares the same meaning. Blythe was eventually adapted to a surname before it became a feminine given name.

Blythe embodies a cheerful, carefree spirit and could be the next Blair/Blaine/Blake/Brett/Britt, with the advantage that it's clearly pink. It joins other other light-hearted names for girls: Felicity, Hilary.

Blythe is the middle name of Drew Barrymore—in her case a surname from her rich theatrical history.

The title of the memorable Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit is taken from Shelley's poetic line, "Hail to thee, blithe Spirit"—a nice tribute to a baby Blythe.

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Famous People Named Blythe

  • Blythe Katherine DannerAmerican actress; mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Blythe BairdAmerican actress and poet
  • Blythe HartleyCanadian Olympic diver
  • Blythe Chestin AuffarthAmerican actress
  • Blythe DuffScottish actress
  • Blythe LoutitSouth African artist and conservationist
  • Blythe WilsonCanadian actress
  • Blythe Pepinolead singer of Vaults
  • Blythe Brooklyn BairdAmerican Slam Poet

Blythe in Pop Culture

  • Blythe Baxtermain character on animated series "Littlest Pet Shop" based off of the Littlest Pet Shop toys
  • Blythefashion doll created in 1972
  • Blythe "Scuddy" Scudamoremale character in "Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
  • Blythecharacter in Netflix's, "You"