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 the wife of William the Conqueror, 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.
Lists containing Edith:
- Unusual Antique Baby Names
- Geek Chic Names for Girls
- If You Like Josephine, You Might Love...
- Vowel Baby Names for Girls
- Yupster Baby Names for Girls
- Old Lady Names
- If You Like Alice, You Might Love...
- Classic Baby Names for Girls
- Royal Names for Girls
- Heroine Baby Names
- Girl Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000
- TV Mom Names
- Girls' Names With Gravity
- Old-Fashioned Baby Names
- Saints' Names for Girls
- Literary Baby Names
- Names from the 1900s
- Names from the 1910s
- Alice in Wonderland Names
- 71 Wonderful Names for January Babies
- 63 Exceptional Names for July Babies