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Gender: Female Meaning of Edith: "prosperous in war" Origin of Edith: English Edith's Popularity in 2017: #476

The name Edith is a girl's name of English origin meaning "prosperous in war". Edith is ranked #476 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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 Wessex, Queen consort of Edward the Confessor of England
Edith of Mercia aka Ealdgyth, Queen consort of Harold Godwinson of England
Edith of England aka Eadgyth, Queen 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 Roosevelt, U.S. First Lady
Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, U.S. First Lady
Edith Minturn "Edie" Sedgwick, American actress & heiress
Edith Elizabeth Enke (born Edie Adams) American actress
Edith "Edie" Falco, American actress
Edith Louisa Sitwell, English poet
Edith Blackwell Holden, English author and illustrator
Edith Head, American costume designer
Edith, birth name of Queen Matilda of Scotland
Edith Mary Evans, English actress
Edith Pechey, one of the first British woman physicians
Edith Irene Södergran, Swedish-Finnish poet
Edith Mary Pargeter, English historical novelist
Edith Hirsch Luchins, Polish-American mathematician
Saint Edith Stein aka Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, German-Jewish-born nun and Holocaust victim
Edith the Fair aka Edith Swan-Neck, wife of King Harold Godwinson of England
Edith L. Cavell, WWII nurse killed for aiding Allied soldiers
Edith Frank Holländer, mother of Jewish diarist Anne Frank
Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier, American socialite
Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, American socialite
Edith Eleanor Bowman, Scottish radio DJ
Edith Vivian Patricia Upton (2015), daughter of actress Cate Blanchett

Pop Culture References for the name Edith

Edith Cushing, from the Guillermo del Toro movie "Crimson Peak"
Edith Bunker, Archie's wife on TV's "All in the Family"
Edith Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Edith Finch, character in the game "What Remains of Edith Finch"
Edith, little girl in animated movie "Despicable Me"
Edith Moor, character in John Galsworthy's Forsyte saga
Edith Ann, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches
Edith Shaw Lennox, from Gaskell's "North & South"
Edith Stanley, from musical "The Pirates of Penzance"
Edith Prior, character in the Divergent trilogy
Edith "Edie" Burchill, from Morton's "The Distant Hours"
Edith Vernon, from G. A. Henty's "St. George for England"
Edith Pilchester, from H.E. Bates' "Darling Buds of May"
Edith and the Kingpin, a song by Joni Mitchell (1975)
Miss Edith, Drusilla's doll in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Edy, Eyde, Eydith, Ediva, Edithe, Edyth, Eadie, Ede, Eadith, Edie, Edit, Eidith, Edyte, Eidyth, Edythe, Eydie

Edith's International Variations

Editha (German) Ekika, Edi (Hawaiian) Edda, Edka, Edyta, Ita, Eda (Polish) Edita, Ditka, Dita (Czech) Edetta, Editta (Italian)