"prosperous in war"

Edith Origin and Meaning

The name Edith is a girl's name of English origin meaning "prosperous in war".

Edith was a hugely popular name a hundred years ago that's being revived among stylish parents in Stockholm and London. It's currently beginning to gain traction in the US 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 several early English queens, 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 Despicable Me character and the emergence of one of the most interesting characters on Downton Abbey, Lady Edith Crawley.

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Famous People Named Edith

  • Edith of WessexQueen consort of Edward the Confessor of England
  • Edith of Mercia aka EaldgythQueen consort of Harold Godwinson of England
  • Edith of England aka EadgythQueen consort of Otto I of Germany
  • Edith Wharton (born Edith Newbold Jones) American novelist
  • Edith Piaf (born Edith Giovanna Gassion)French singer
  • Edith Kermit Carow RooseveltU.S. First Lady
  • Edith Bolling Galt WilsonU.S. First Lady
  • Edith Minturn "Edie" SedgwickAmerican actress & heiress
  • Edith Elizabeth Enke (born Edie Adams) American actress
  • Edith "Edie" FalcoAmerican actress
  • Edith Louisa SitwellEnglish poet
  • Edith Blackwell HoldenEnglish author and illustrator
  • Edith HeadAmerican costume designer
  • Edithbirth name of Queen Matilda of Scotland
  • Edith Mary EvansEnglish actress
  • Edith Pecheyone of the first British woman physicians
  • Edith Irene SödergranSwedish,Finnish poet
  • Edith Mary PargeterEnglish historical novelist
  • Edith Hirsch LuchinsPolish,American mathematician
  • Saint Edith Stein aka Teresa Benedicta of the CrossGerman,Jewish,born nun and Holocaust victim
  • Edith the Fair aka Edith SwanNeck, wife of King Harold Godwinson of England
  • Edith L. CavellWWII nurse killed for aiding Allied soldiers
  • Edith Frank Holländermother of Jewish diarist Anne Frank
  • Edith "Big Edie" Ewing BouvierAmerican socialite
  • Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier BealeAmerican socialite
  • Edith Eleanor BowmanScottish radio DJ
  • Edith Vivian Patricia Upton (b. 2015)daughter of actress Cate Blanchett

Edith in Pop Culture

  • Edith Cushingfrom the Guillermo del Toro movie "Crimson Peak"
  • Edith BunkerArchie's wife on TV's "All in the Family"
  • Edith Crawleycharacter on TV's "Downton Abbey"
  • Edith Finchcharacter in the game "What Remains of Edith Finch"
  • Edithlittle girl in animated movie "Despicable Me"
  • Edith Moorcharacter in John Galsworthy's Forsyte saga
  • Edith Anncharacter in Lily Tomlin's sketches
  • Edith Shaw Lennoxfrom Gaskell's "North & South"
  • Edith Stanleyfrom musical "The Pirates of Penzance"
  • Edith Priorcharacter in the Divergent trilogy
  • Edith "Edie" Burchillfrom Morton's "The Distant Hours"
  • Edith Vernonfrom G. A. Henty's "St. George for England"
  • Edith Pilchesterfrom H.E. Bates' "Darling Buds of May"
  • Edith and the Kingpina song by Joni Mitchell (1975)
  • E.D.I.T.H an acronym for Tony Stark's AI that stands for "Even Dead I'm The Hero."
  • Miss EdithDrusilla's doll in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

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