Gender: Female Meaning of Blythe: "happy, carefree" Origin of Blythe: English

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 bliðe, 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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Pop Culture References for the name Blythe

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avayoung Says:


i LOVE this name but there is a small town near to where I live called Blyth and it's synonymous with poverty and drug use :(

JOAsnames Says:


Esther Blythe would be a cute Victorian style name

NykkiJo Says:


Love Blythe dolls! They're cute and individualistic.

CittyTK Says:


I like those dolls.... Always wanted one and the customs are amazing and the amount of work artists put into them can be amazing! I don't think the blythe dolls ruin it for me....

blythemartin Says:


It's pronounced with a i_e sound, not a _i_ sound, so no, it doesn't phonetically sound anything at all like Bliss, with or without a lisp.

Alper Dama Says:


If you don’t know Blythe by name, you may know her by sight. She is instantly recognisable by her big, lollipop head and huge, vaguely manga-style eyes which sometimes change colour; her expression is slightly forlorn. She mostly sports geek-chic hair – a heavy fringe, sometimes dyed different colours – and wears vintage-styled outfits.

Skittlewiddles Says:


Like bliss, but with a lisp. ... I cannot see pass that and simply do not like this name.

Alaina Says:


Make this be a boys name! sounds more manly!

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I was kind of hoping this name would be related to the Welsh word for wolf, Blaidd, which is pronounced like Blythe. Wolf would be an amazing meaning (although joyous is pretty good too!) But given the choice I think I'd go with Blaidd because I prefer the meaning and the spelling- after a while Blythe starts to look wrong to me if i look at it too long unfortunately. But i do love the combination Blodwen Brianna Blaidd (because I love alliteration and the nickname Bibi!!) Xx

Daiseymae Says:


It is a pretty name.

Daiseymae Says:


Good actress too.

Daiseymae Says:


Pretty name.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I have warmed up to this name so much lately, after re-reading the Anne of Green Gables Series. I actually quite like this name. It sounds just like its meaning: carefree and bubbly. I picture a little girl with strawberry blonde hair in braids dancing in a meadow, happy as ever. It makes a great middle name also! :)

Fluffykitten101 Says:


No offence name is ugly af, and not feminine at all. I wouldn't say it's a male name either though.

abertawe Says:


Elegant, sophisticated

angelJohn Says:


My daughters name is Blythe. She is 3.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I don't mind Blythe, but I don't really like it either. Weirdly enough, I like Blaidd (Welsh word for wolf pronounced about the same) as a boy's name.

hufflepuff Says:


Blythe is such a gorgeous name. It's definitely the name I will feel pangs of jealousy over if I ever hear it in the real world.

gummybear0724 Says:


My friends little brother is named Blythe

indiefendi3 Says:


Y'all have to stop taking everything so literally. 🤔

Blythe Says:


I don't know what your vomits sound like but if its anything similar to 'Blythe' you should definitely see a doctor.

Blythe Says:


It's pretty awesome

Blythe Says:


They obviously don't know how to pronounce my name.

fightyoctopus Says:


It's funny that they describe this as only for girls, because my immediate association for "Blythe" is "Gilbert."

Could really see using this as a middle name.

hufflepuff Says:


Lol.... How do you pronounce knife?! Blythe has a much softer sound.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


How about Anne Blythe?

headintheclouds Says:


I love Blythe for its similar sound to blithe, and its happy meaning. Plus it reminds me of the Anne of Green Gables series, which I love. Blythe 's one of those names I like in theory but wouldn't actually use myself (maybe just on characters in stories)- I'd be super happy to see it being used IRL though.

Carly123 Says:


That's who I thought of when I first heard the name but it doesn't make me think masculine. I just remember how much I love the character. Can definitely see myself using this one.

flora_kate Says:


It will always be Gilbert Blythe to me, making it very masculine in my mind.

Caroline Says:


I don't like this. It makes me think of the word Blighted :-(

Catastroffy Says:


This is all-surname to me.

DearestJules Says:


I love Blythe, though I agree with you that it does sound "sharp, lispy, and weaponlike." Nameberry says it's "cheerful" and "carefree" but to me Blythe is a bit sinister. But that's why I like it.

Guest Says:


On instagram there's a hashtag called blythe and it's related to anorexia nervosa and this really creepy looking baby doll so that ruined it for me. :(

fflurdelis Says:


I adore this name but #blithe/#blythe is an instagram tag used when talking about eating disorders:(

kitchi1 Says:


I really do like this name. My little sister watches Littlest Pet Shop, and the main character's name is Blythe. At first I was disgusted, lol. I thought it was so harsh and a horrible name. I really, really, like it now! It kind of makes me a bit happy that most people don't like it, because then it's more uncommon! I do still think it sounds a bit harsh, but very, very fashionable and pretty. I love it.

Giinkies Says:


I just think of Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrows mom) which isn't a bad association. I also like the happy meaning.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This a few years ago there was a commercial, Blythe loves Littlest Pet Shop. It was so annoying and was on all the time. And I was thinking Blythe? Thay doesnt siunds like a good na, e. Okay please disregard my typing errors, my backspace key is very dysfunction al, I can onky hope for the best as the words appear very slowly.

Guest Says:


I like that the name is a synonym for happy but it's quite blunt. And it also sounds like a vomitting noise tbh. I'm kinda 50/50 about it

MaryKathryn Says:


I absolutely agree with you, I don't find anything appealing about this name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's not the worst name. You're right about characters. Sometimes I use names I don't particularly like for characters juet because it suits them so well.

ShannonLim Says:


Perhaps people like this name because they want a sharp, witty and fierce girl. It's probably a name I would associate with both 'beauty' and 'warrior'. Great name for stories, especially for characters that love fighting.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I never understand why this is so popular, either. It sounds sharp, lispy and weaponlike. Yet many people love it.

MaryKathryn Says:


To me, it just sounds like "knife"

Plutophelia Says:


my all time favorite name!