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Edwina

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Gender: Female Meaning of Edwina: "wealthy friend" Origin of Edwina: Feminine variation of Edwin

The name Edwina is a girl's name meaning "wealthy friend". Edwina and is often added to lists like Gothic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Olivia and Ian: A Brother - Sister Name Chain".

From the experts:

Edwina may still be taking tea in the parlor, but we can see her joining friends like Matilda and Josephine for a comeback, especially if pronounced like Edwin rather than Edween.

She had a very non-vintage-mauve image in the Coen brothers' cult favorite, Raising Arizona, in which Holly Hunter played a police officer named Edwina who was usually called Ed.

Edwina was on the Social Security list every year through 1969, reaching a high of 378 in 1943.

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Famous People Named Edwina

Edwina Booth (born Josephine Constance Woodruff), American actress
Edwina Currie, English politician and novelist
Edwina Cynthia Annette Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, English heiress
Edwina Victoria Louise Brudenell, English heiress and model, granddaughter of Edwina Mountbatten
(Frances) Edwina Dumm, American cartoonist
Edwina Sandys, English sculptor
Edwina Brown, American basketball player
Edwina "Eddie" Bartholomew, Australian journalist and TV presenter
Edwina Hayes, English singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Edwina

Edwina Dunn, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Edwina Spoonapple, main character in children's musical "Dear Edwina" by Zina Goldrich
Edwina Crane, character in Paul Scott's "The Raj Quartet" (1966-75)
Edwina Lewis, character on American soap "One Life to Live"
Edwina "Eddie" Ferguson, nurse in an episode of "MASH"
Edwina, pseudodragon in the tabletop game "Dungeons & Dragons"
Edwina, chicken in the claymation film Chicken Run
Edwina, character from both versions of the film "The Beguiled"

Edy, Winnie, Edwynn, Edina, Edweena, Eddi, Eady, Edwinna, Edwine, Edwena, Win, Edweina, Edwyna

Edwina's International Variations

Edwynna, Edwynne (Welsh) Eduina (Spanish) Edvina (Eastern European)

Comments

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:

2018-04-21T22:37:32

I really dont like the "ween" part. Teddy, would be a cute nickname though.

Edwina Alice Says:

2018-04-10T21:57:40

I agree with this, i feel to get mixed responses to my name. Older people seem to love it.

Edwina Alice Says:

2018-04-10T21:53:42

My name is Edwina and it has taken a good while for me to accept this name. I've had nicknames all through my life not all of them have been kind but mostly 'winnie' 'weeny' 'ed' 'eddy', but always introduce myself as Edwina. I would say that it helps with it being abit different, the number of people i've met with the sane name and finding ways to remember to tell people apart! To many Lauras and Katies. I feel to have full ownership over the name, I find it super confusing on the rare occassion i hear someone else being called by it. I have a boring second name so think it's well balanced. If you want an ice breaker for a name it seems a good choice, often end up having chats with people about its unusualness and origin. It's taken 27 years but I like my name and think it suits me and has probably helped me get along.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-04-21T16:14:58

Yes, I live in England, and have never heard of Edwina Emu...! 😀 X

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-04-21T16:12:37

I think it's beautiful, and underrated compared to male Ed names, which I do also love.

Hootabelle Says:

2017-04-21T14:44:20

My daughter is Edwina. Needless to say I love the name but it is quite polarising. People love it or hate it. I also find a subtle difference in the way people pronounce it. Most say Ed-ween-a but some say E - dween - a. I think I prefer the latter.

Miri Says:

2017-01-28T04:12:34

This is my mother's name and I think it's strong and beautiful. Winnie would be a cute nickname!

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-10T15:40:49

Yes, that is how I have always heard it pronounced, too. The alternative way of saying this name is something which some people are now using, reflected in the phonetic spelling, Edwynna. I still prefer Ed-ween-a, and that seems correct to me, so I will continue to pronounce Edwina that way.

Daiseymae Says:

2017-01-10T06:11:23

It is pronounced "ed-wee-na". Edwina was a character on the soap opera "One Life to Live" in the late 70s to 80s.

Daiseymae Says:

2017-01-10T06:10:07

I don't like the "weena" sound.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-12-05T20:56:56

I'm starting to like this name, but am not sure whether I prefer the ed-WEEN-a or ed-WIN-a pronunciation. Is Edie a nickname for this name, as well as for Edith? I would guess that it could be. I love Edmund, Edward and Edwin for boys, and the nickname Ed for all of these.

EasterBunny Says:

2015-10-02T08:32:25

This name is sweet but just reminds me of the children's book 'Edwina the Emu'. Probably only something to worry about here in Australia!

scblovesnames Says:

2015-04-17T01:11:05

I just don't like this, I'm trying too but it's just not my style.

Catastroffy Says:

2015-01-10T13:20:35

I prefer Edina or Edna.