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What does Edna mean?

Edna Pronunciation of Edna [ed-na] as a girls' name is pronounced ED-nah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Edna is "pleasure, delight". Biblical name from the apocryphal Book of Tobit, from Hebrew ednah, and hence connected with Eden. Edna has also been used as an English form of the Irish Gaelic name Eithne, meaning "kernel". First used in the 17th century in England. Poet Edna Saint Vincent Millay; novelist Edna Ferber.

Associated with: pleasure (joy), biblical, book (literary), 17th century, england, saint.


Edna has 9 variants: Eda, Eddi, Eddie, Eddna, Eddnah, Eddy, Edina, Ednah and Ena.

Affiliated girl name: Nedra.

13 more different relations via Eden, Eithne: Aine, Eaden, Eadin, Edenia, Edin, Edyn, Eitna, Enya, Ethna, Ethnah, Ethnea, Ethni and Etna.

Creative forms:
(female) Edeen, Eina, ..

(male) Edear, Edian, ..

Middle name pairings:
Edna Emberlynn (E.E.), ..

How popular is Edna?

Edna is a very popular first name for females (#109 out of 4276, Top 3%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Edna reached its peak rank of #15 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edna name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Edna outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Edna listed in the Top 2000 are Aine, Eda, Eddie, Eden (#156 from current records), Ednah, Ena, Etna and Nedra. These relations of Edna were favored by parents in the 1900s (usage of 1.2%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.1%, 88.3%). Eden has been the most well-known version, while versions such as Edna are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Edna, Eda, Eddie, Eden, Ednah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ena, Etna, Nedra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aine, Eden outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Adina, Anna, Bina, Buna, Byna, Dana, Dina, Dona, Eba, Ebba, Edana, Edda, Edeena, Edita, Edma, Edme, Edmea, Edra, Edwena, Edwina, Edwyna, Edyna, Edyta, Eena, Efa, Ela, Elba, Elia, Elina, Elna, Elsa, Elza, Ema, Emma, Erena, Erma, Erna, Etana, Etta, Euna, Eva, Evana, Evia, Evina, Eydra, Fina, Gana, Gena, Hana, Hena, Idina, Idona, Iduna, Jana, Jona, Lena, Lyna, Mena, Mona, Muna, Orna, Rena, Rina, Sana, Sena, Tina, Tona, Una, Unna, Vena, Vyna, Wina, Xena, Zina and Zyna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Edna.

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