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Gender: Female Meaning of Enid: "life, spirit" Origin of Enid: Welsh

The name Enid is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "life, spirit". Enid and is often added to lists like Mythology Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

This Celtic goddess and Arthurian name may sound terminally old-ladyish to many ears--but so did names like Ella and Etta not so long ago. So Enid is yet another forgotten four-letter E-possibility: she's has been M.I.A since 1954.

You might not know it to look at her, but Enid is Welsh, from the word meaning 'life' or 'soul.' Back in the Age of Chivalry, to call a woman 'a second Enid' was the greatest of compliments, as she was a legendary romantic figure, revived in Tennyson's Idyll of the Kings. In more modern times, Enid is the title of a Bare Naked Ladies song and a quirky character in the quirky film Ghost World.

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Famous People Named Enid

Enid Mary Blyton, English children's novelist
Enid Algerine Bagnold, Lady Jones, English novelist and playwright
Enid Collins, American handbag designer
Enid Markey, American actress
Enid Eulalie Bennett, Australian silent film actress
Enid Greene, U.S. Congresswoman from Utah
Enid Yandell, American sculptor
Enid Crystal Dorothy Marx, English painter
Enid Kent, American actress
Enid Georgiana Stamp Taylor, English actress
Enid Nemy, American journalist and columnist
(Enid) Diana Elizabeth Rigg, English actress
(May) Enid Lorimer, British-Australian actress
Enid Muriel Lyons, Australian MP; wife of Australian PM Joseph Lyons
Monica Enid Dickens, English novelist; great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens
Mary Enid Evelyn Guest, daughter of Lady Charlotte Guest, and wife of Sir Austen Henry Layard

Pop Culture References for the name Enid

Enid Coleslaw, character in movie/graphic novel "Ghost World"
Enid Nightshade, character in the Worst Witch series
Enid Rollins, character in the Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal
Enid Frick, editor of Vogue magazine on TV's "Sex and the City"
Enid Mary Sinnott, old deaf-mute owner of Dublin hotel in William Trevor's novel Mrs Eckdorf in O'Neill's Hotel (1969)
Enid Worsley, character in "Sylvia Scarlett" (1918) by Compton Mackenzie; twin sister Gladys
Enid Hoopes, character in "Legally Blonde: The Musical"
"Enid," song by the Barenaked Ladies
Enid, Oklahoma, USA
Enid Lake, Mississippi
From Tennyson's Idylls of the King: "Enid, the pilot star of my lone life, / Enid, my early and my only love, / Enid, the loss of whom hath turned me wild."
Enid, teenaged character on "The Walking Dead"
Enid Kelso, the oft-mentioned but never seen wife of Dr. Bob Kelso on the American TV show "Scrubs"
Enid, birth name of Sister Evangelina from "Call the Midwife"
Tracy Enid Flick, Reese Witherspoon's character in the movie Election
Enid Jones, Constable George Crabtree's ex-girlfriend on CBC's "Murdoch Mysteries"
Enid, April Einar's friend in "Glitch"

Ened, Enydd, Enedd, Enyd, Enidd, Eanid


kriselle_e Says:


Enid sounds elegant, strong and intelligent, and less "old lady" like than Edith (which I still love). I absolutely love the meaning, I'd wish for my child to be Full of life and spirit. Also Enid Blyton was a huge part of my mother's childhood, so it hasn't a positive association for me!

Wittyusername103 Says:


Enid and Mallory have the same vibe to me. Girls who keep their light and talent under a bushel but are still strong and brave.

Jo Jo Says:


Love this name. I see what other commenters mean about the insect association, but to me Enid seems an undiscovered, chic alternative to Eden.

Jo Jo Says:


This literally made me laugh out loud.

autumnreverie Says:


I like it. I prefer "old people'' names to a lot of the names being used today.

Jasmine-Joy Says:


First heard this on the walking dead and really like it!

snowsbeloved Says:


I agree with your husband :(

Michaela Says:


Enid Coleslaw! Love Ghost World.

Impwood Says:


I hope this name stays relatively undiscovered; it is so beautiful!

headintheclouds Says:


The meaning of Enid is great, and I have a similar-sounding old-ladyish name myself, but IMO Enid is just not one of the candidates for name revival! The "eh-nid" sound just seems flat and blah to my ears, and I think of a very still, beady-eyed bug or the smell of mothballs in relation to this name.

ashbee Says:


Any other good nicknames for Enid? I'm really liking it!

Essa Says:


I am loving Enid! I think it's about time it crawled out of the cupboard.

Silas Marner Says:


This is my mother's name and the meaning is just her. She was pet named Niddy - which is beautuful.

Chrisco Says:


The Welsh pronunciation is EH-nid, though the EE-nid pronunciation is more commonly used in English.

Shishi Says:



I did the peace corps overseas
Inoculating refugees
In family clinics that I built myself
From mud and trees"

I'm not the only one who's seen Legally Blonde right?

Catastroffy Says:


I always pronounced this "ee-nid", but is that the authentic Welsh pronunciation?

Catastroffy Says:


I adore this! Beautiful.

Alicia1 Says:


I don't care for this name at all and it sounds unfriendly.

LadyVanRaven Says:


Really love Enid! A lot of people keep telling me it sounds too old lady like but I don't think so at all! I think it looks and sounds like a sweet and pretty Welsh girl's name. :)

Myosotis Says:


Love Enid. It reminds me of Enid Blyton, and the meaning is so beautiful.

winter128 Says:


I love the name Enid, but my husband thinks it sounds insect-like... I'm trying to change his mind! :)

lesliemarion Says:


Enid sounds powerful to me. a name with spine.

Madelyn Says:


I adore this name. I love the meaning, and I'm hoping people will get over the "old-ladyish" sound of it.

Fantastique Says:


I don't know why, I just love this name xx