Gender: Female Meaning of Edna: "rejuvenation, delight" Origin of Edna: Hebrew

Edna Origin and Meaning

The name Edna is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "rejuvenation, delight".

Edna is one of those names that, until what it seemed like a few minutes ago, felt so terminally frumpy that no one could imagine a parent choosing it for an innocent modern baby girl. But with the great upswing in names honoring ancestral family members, several of them being other four-letter, e-ending names, we wouldn't be so sure.

Edna, which means delight, is a semi-biblical name--in the Apocrypha she is seen as a loving mother-- and was enormously popular in this country in the late nineteenth century, reaching as high as Number 11. It also relates to Eden--another, more contemporary sounding, option.

Three literary bearers of the name are Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edna Ferber and Edna O'Brien, and to some the name might be identified with the campy character, Dame Edna Everage.

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Daiseymae Says:


I do like Millie quite a bit. My little beagle was named Millie. I have a cousin named Gertrude, and she hates that name. She goes by Trudie also.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't actually mind Edna now. I think I've come around to most of the old-fashioned names. Scary because I do now almost like Mildred. At least you can use Millie as a nickname. Gertrude is ugly. I will never like that, or Gertie. Trudie is fine, if it's used on its own, but the kid would still have to explain that she wasn't really Gertrude, so I couldn't do it...!!! :-)

Daiseymae Says:


It is better than Gertrude and Mildred.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I am seriously warming to this name. The meaning is wonderful, and I adore Ed names, male and female, in general. I know it's silly, but I have had a long-standing prejudice against a few, perfectly attractive, names - and Edna is one of them. The basis for this seems to be growing up around a lot of people who told each other, and themselves, that particular names were "ugly". Well, I am now discovering so many hidden gems, amongst these so-called "ugly" names. I feel that it is important for me, as a passionate lover of names, and language in general, to appreciate the beauty and history that makes names what they are. I hope that my feelings and opinions make sense. I have read each comment on this name, many of which I read previously, when I was new to this community, and there are certainly some that are interesting and thought-provoking - and, in some cases, inspiring. Thank you to all who have shared. 😃 Xxx

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't think it is too much of a stretch. I would prefer Edith as the full name, but Edie as a nickname for Edna sounds fine to me.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Even though I love so many vintage names, this one just doesn't appeal to me. It isn't awful, but it's not attractive, like Edith, Doris, Mabel, etc. Well, others might find it attractive, of course...! Don't hate it the way I do Gertrude and Mildred.

clairels Says:


You say this poster doesn't have any "evidence," for Edna being a bad name, but on the contrary, I think the fact that she actually knows someone named Edna who hates her name is a pretty strong argument. Granted, it's just one person's experience out of millions of Ednas, but you have to admit that it's also just YOUR opinion that Nevaeh is babyish and tacky. And unlike the OP, you don't even have a personal anecdote to support your argument, so as far as I'm concerned, she makes the stronger case.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I know your comment is ages old but I can't help replying.

1. It's unfortunate that your great-grandmother doesn't enjoy her name. However, that being said, she is but a single person in a sea of millions - so acting as if her one negative experience should be enough to convince everyone else in the world that this name is no good is, quite frankly, silly.

2. I don't understand how it's "not surprising at all" that she dislikes her name. You haven't stated why she supposedly doesn't like her name, so for all I or anyone else knows, she may have rejected her name because, say, she was bullied by a girl named Edna as a child, or her parents always called her Libby, so she prefers it to Edna. And even if she just doesn't like Edna because the style is not something she's particularly fond of, again, those are her personal feelings about the name that not everyone is going to share. And on the flip-side, your great-grandmother might hate Edna, but think that a name like Fanny is absolutely fabulous! In essence, your comment, and the whole can of worms that it opens up, is very subjective.

3. How it Edna a "burden"? You've made a very sweeping generalisation there, but haven't actually given any evidence to support your claim. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mind when people have opinions that differ from my own. But what I cannot stand is when people's arguments against certain names boils down to "I don't like this name, therefore it is a bad name that no one should use." - which is what your comment essentially states.

Edna might not be a common name by this point, but it is still a traditional name that a lot of people will recognise, and may even appreciate in a era where Princess and Nevaeh are considered 'great' choices. That aside, Edna is not a name that will ever be considered as babyish or unprofessional. It's not a name that would ever be seen as tacky or low-class. Not only that but, the pronunciation is easy and the spelling is as simple as can be. It's a strong name, with a great meaning, a distinctive history and a genuinely unique appeal that also fits right into the vintage name trend that is currently all the rage. And with names like Flora, Cora and Elsa now being common and so well-accepted, I cannot see why Edna would be received any differently.

So I'm sorry but, while I know that you're entitled to your opinion, for the reasons that I've listed (as well as a few others), no disrespect intended, but I think that you're dead-wrong about Edna.

lizway Says:


Reminds me too much of Edna from the musical Hairspray. The one played by John Travolta. Ugh.

Jo Jo Says:


My grandmother's name, so I naturally have good associations with it. I saw a little blonde haired, blue eyed baby named Edna Jean a few years ago and it instantly made this name fresh and viable.

Floris Says:


Same :) it's a really lovely name imo.

Sarah8 Says:


Not a bad name, but to me it sounds a little dated yet. I'm sure if more people were to use it then other people would start seeing the appeal in it.

Tina_and_Bert Says:


I feel like I *should* love this name--I love slightly fusty, forgotten names and the sound is pleasing enough. BUT, my ballet teacher for many years was a crusty, mean, semi-violent, stooped over old lady with a cane (a cane used for discipline I might add), so I just can't imagine naming a sweet little baby this. I would hate for anyone to turn into my former ballet teacher!

Essa Says:


Is Edie (pronounced Ee-dee) too much of a stress from Edna?

JazzieJonez Says:


Same here

Catastroffy Says:


I don't understand the other comments. This isn't frumpy or old-ladyish to me at all; I can readily picture it on a girl or woman of any age.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this name, but it sounds like I have a stuffy nose when I say it. No idea why.

Edna Says:


Lots of people have great aunts and great grandmas with this name. It is my name. Named for my Grandma. Didn't like the name until I discovered it's meaning - rejuvenation - what name could have a better meaning? From Merriam-Webster: "the act or an instance of bringing something back to life, public attention, or vigorous activity" and, of course, with today's e-world, this is even cooler - my name is eDNA

madmaddie Says:


My aunt is Edna Elizabeth, after my great-grandmother. She goes by Libby, which is not surprising at all. Don't burden a kid with this: my aunt has hated her name since she could speak, so take it from a real Edna.

Glow Says:


Me too. I try and I try, because of the meaning, and the fact that it's not overused.

EmmaF Says:


I wish I could love this . . .