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

The name Edna is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "rejuvenation, delight". Edna and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Happy and discussed in our forums with posts like "Luca and Calliope - Bro-Sis Name Chain".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Edna

Edna Ferber, American novelist
Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet
(Olga) Edna Purviance, American silent film actress; frequent Charlie Chaplin co-star
Edna O'Brien, Irish novelist
(Edna) Annie Proulx, American novelist
Edna May Oliver, American character actress
Edna Mae "Deanna" Durbin, Canadian-American actress and singer
Edna Staebler (born Cora Margaret Cress), Canadian journalist and cookbook author
Edna Rae Gillooly, birth name of Ellen Burstyn, American actress
Edna Lyall, pen name of English novelist Ada Ellen Bayly
Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat, Kenyan distance runner
Edna Dore (born Edna Lillian Gorring), English actress
Edna Best, English actress
(Flora) Edna White, American trumpeter and bandleader
Edna Deakin, American architect

Pop Culture References for the name Edna

Edna Mode, character in animated movie "The Incredibles"
Edna Turnblad, character in movie and musical Hairspray
Edna Krabappel, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Edna Birch, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Edna Pontellier, main character in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"
"Cinder Edna," children's book
Edna Poppy, character in Barbara Kingsolver's "The Bean Trees"
Edna, servant of the Birling Household in the play "An Inspector Calls"

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