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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 "Which would you choose?".

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 (b. 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)


CherrieSue Says:


My middle name is Edith and while I've never really grown to love it, I do appreciate its history and relative rarity. As for the meaning - "prosperous in war", at least it doesn't mean "failing in peace", I guess! I was named after my grandmother, more commonly called Edie. When I was a child I disliked it; no one my age had ever heard of it and many pronounced it kind of backwards as Eeth-it when I told them. At the same time, with three girls at school sharing the middle name Catherine, I enjoyed knowing that I had an unusual name.

Yac Ya'Chain Says:


My Mom always hated her name also, she used her middle name.

But my mom loved her grandmother very much, they were very close.

Lindsay Says:


Are you me?? My great grandma was Edith, mom is Edythe. My mom has always hated her name and goes by Edy. She says her mom and my great grandma weren't that close and she wishes she didn't share the name.

Yac Ya'Chain Says:


My Great Grandmother's name was Edith
My Grandmother named my mom Edythe in honor of her mom.

beachbear Says:


I love this name. I didn't use to but it's really grown on me.

jrave656 Says:


My partner isn't a fan, but he has two male family names he wants to honor that I think work equally well as unisex middle names, so I plan to barter ;)

kkilgallon Says:


It's one of my favorite names too but how on earth can I get dad to like it?

EvaThyssen Says:


I really love Edith. Sadly, it doesn't work here in Chile or another Spanish speaker countries. The Spanish pronounciation is kind of clunky (e-DEET, a short E, and a hard T). The English pronounciation is perfect! The long E and the soft, dainty TH...

EW314 Says:


I love how delicate this name sounds, despite its meaning. The long E- and soft -th are so gorgeous, while not being to sweet or frilly. Edie is nice as a nickname, but I prefer Edith in full.

KJGlitter Says:


I think it sounds adorable with Tobias.

frenchdreams Says:


Does Edith sound good with Tobias?

crs Says:


I like it a lot, maybe because of downton abbey lol.

_Theresa_ Says:


This name is starting to grow on me. It's gorgeous! I also love the German variation, Editha. It'll be back soon enough!

priviledgedpistachios Says:


Actually, in France they have Édith. (the e is short and the th is pronounced like a t.)

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I really love this name, and I'm glad to see that people like this name. I didn't get a lot of positivity from the no-Berries.

EllaYu Says:


Nn is Edie :)

EllaYu Says:


Edith is beautiful but I like Jessica too.

EllaYu Says:


My mom is an Edith/Edie. I really like it and would have put it in our shortlist but the husband disagreed.

Tahlija Gasparovski Says:


We have chosen Eadie for our baby if it's a girl, due in November, my partner picked it out and I think it's adorable! Finding uncommon names that are nice is hard!

vintageisfave Says:


I wish my name was Edith. It's absolutely gorgeous!

malloree Says:


I love this name, but because of desires to move to Europe, it might not work with the "th".

4jiLee Says:


Such a magnificent name...

livelovewrite Says:


I adore Edith. Good choice.

Zelliew Says:


I would just retire this name along with Gladys

scblovesnames Says:


I'm starting to like this right along with Irene and Marian. Seriously, maybe since I was raised by my grandparents and watched re-runs of the shows they first watched when they where new I'm more open to names like this.

headintheclouds Says:


Thanks! It took me a while to get there, but me too :)

headintheclouds Says:


That's awesome! The difference a few years make- I hope I'll meet younger fellow Ediths out there in person. Do you mostly go by Edith or nicknames like Edie? I've never really had nicknames besides the occasional person calling me Dith.

Eddieroddie Says:


I'm 17 and my name is Edith. I've actually met a couple Edith's my own age about let's say a little over half a dozen or more.

Plutophelia Says:


I'd rather be an Edith than a jessica any day.

jordalini Says:


I am slowly starting to love this name.

headintheclouds Says:


I'm a college-age Edith, and I've never ever met an Edith who was younger than baby-boomer age. Amidst the Jessicas, Amandas, Brittanys and Ashleys of my generation, my name seems very old and clunky, and growing up I've had comments on how "interesting" it was to meet an Edith who "wasn't an old grandma".

But I think the vintage name revival trend is changing the tides somewhat- over the years I've been getting more and more compliments on how unexpected, refreshing, and pretty, my name is. Hopefully more parents will see the appeal of Edith and contribute towards more playground-age little Edies, though I'd imagine more readily appealing vintage gems like Beatrice and Louisa rising back to popularity sooner than Edith.

ThistleThorn Says:


LOVE!!! Edie is such a dainty and bold nickname.

Nuggetor Says:


Yes! I was trying to find somewhere to write that so that it can be fixed. I wonder if there is somewhere to report errors.

indiajuliet Says:


I'm pretty sure William the Conqueror's wife's name was Matilda.

Daiseymae Says:


I will never like this name. It reminds me of "eat it" as in Archie Bunker saying "Hey Eedit! Get me a beech!".

AnonymousPerson Says:


In fact, in my mind it is slowly blossoming into absolutely beautiful.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I really like this name.