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Gender: Female Meaning of Edda: "poetry" Origin of Edda: Norse

The name Edda is a girl's name of Italian, Polish origin meaning "poetry". Edda and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like ""Don't call me ___, I go by ___"".

From the experts:

This Old Norse girls' name has a lovely meaning but not too appealing a sound when removed from her native habitat. If you're looking for a girl namesake name for Ed, try Edwina instead.

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Famous People Named Edda

Edda Mussolini Ciano, daughter of dictator Benito Mussolini
Edda de los Ríos, Paraguayan actress
Edda Karin Hjartardóttir Magnason, Swedish singer-songwriter
Edda Moser, German coloratura soprano
Edda van Heemstra, name used by actress Audrey Hepburn during WWII

Pop Culture References for the name Edda

Edda Burber, main character in comic strip "9 Chickweed Lane" by Brooke McEldowney



danirose01 Says:


I like Etta and Edda equally, but I strongly dislike Edwina 'cause it sounds like wiener.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't feel the same way about this name as I did when I wrote this comment. The sound, as well as the meaning, now appeals. I also think that Edda would make a cute nickname for Edwina. I still think Edwina is the ultimate feminine Ed name. It's beautiful.

paulapuddephatt Says:


According the logic of this argument, everyone who likes Emma or Ella, should also like both Etta and Edda. It is the whole sound of the name that we react to. I don't see what is so incomprehensible about liking Etta but not Edda, as it is a question of personal tastes. Sometimes, though, the NB descriptions do contain too much opinion, and I would prefer it if they were more informative in style - as many are, but some are not.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Oh dear, I do agree with the NB description for this one. The meaning is lovely, especially for a poetry lover like myself, but the sound of the name isn't great. I agree that Edwina is a far better choice, for parents who are seeking a female "Ed" name.

AriellaBar Says:


A poetic Norse name. If Etta can make a comeback, why not Edda? It has a beautiful meaning and virtually the same pronunciation.

otheralix Says:


I'm confused as to why the name Etta has a pretty rave review by nameberry in the info section, with a colorful description "delicate sound that also has a bit of crackle," but Edda, a name that sounds virtually the same, gets " lovely meaning but not too appealing a sound when removed from her native habitat."

germanstar Says:


Sometimes nameberry comments are really offensive. However, it's true than when trying to establish a new style of babynaming, people tend to think that there's something wrong with normal names

SimoneKadele Says:


Prefer Ebba.