"life, spirit"

Enid Origin and Meaning

The name Enid is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "life, spirit".

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.

# 991 in the US

Enid Rank in US Top 1000

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Enid Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Enid Popularity

Famous People Named Enid

  • Enid Mary BlytonEnglish children's novelist
  • Enid Algerine BagnoldLady Jones, English novelist and playwright
  • Enid CollinsAmerican handbag designer
  • Enid MarkeyAmerican actress
  • Enid Eulalie BennettAustralian silent film actress
  • Enid GreeneU.S. Congresswoman from Utah
  • Enid YandellAmerican sculptor
  • Enid Crystal Dorothy MarxEnglish painter
  • Enid KentAmerican actress
  • Enid Georgiana Stamp TaylorEnglish actress
  • Enid NemyAmerican journalist and columnist
  • (Enid) Diana Elizabeth RiggEnglish actress
  • (May) Enid LorimerBritish,Australian actress
  • Enid Muriel LyonsAustralian MP; wife of Australian PM Joseph Lyons
  • Monica Enid DickensEnglish novelist; great,granddaughter of Charles Dickens
  • Mary Enid Evelyn Guestdaughter of Lady Charlotte Guest, and wife of Sir Austen Henry Layard

Enid in Pop Culture

  • Enid Coleslawcharacter in "Ghost World"
  • Enid Nightshadecharacter in the Worst Witch series
  • Enid Rollinscharacter in the Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal
  • Enid Frickeditor of Vogue magazine on TV's "Sex and the City"
  • Enid Mary Sinnottcharacter "Mrs Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel"
  • Enid Worsleycharacter in "Sylvia Scarlett"
  • Enid Hoopescharacter in "Legally Blonde: The Musical"
  • "Enid" song by the Barenaked Ladies
  • Enidcity in Oklahoma
  • Enid Lakelake in Mississippi
  • Enidcharacter on "The Walking Dead"
  • Enid Kelsocharacter in "Scrubs"
  • Enidbirth name of Sister Evangelina in "Call the Midwife"
  • Tracy Enid Flickcharacter in Election
  • Enid Jonescharacter "Murdoch Mysteries"
  • EnidApril Einar's friend in "Glitch"
  • Enid Mettlecharacter in children's cartoon "Ok, KO! Let's Be Heroes!"