Edith Wharton

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Anglo-Saxon
Meaning: “blessed war; rich war.”
Eng: (EE-dith); Ger (EH-dit); Fre (AY-deet)

The name is derived from the popular Anglo-Saxon female name, Eadgyð, being composed of the elements, ead, meaning, “riches; blessed” and gyð, meaning, “war.”

The name was quite common among Anglo-Saxon royalty, being borne by Saint Edith of Wilton (b.961), the daughter of King Edgar the Peaceful. Other notable Anglo-Saxon ladies included: Ealdgyth (circ. 1015) wife of Edmund the Ironside; Edith of Wessex (c.1029) the wife of King Edward the Confessor; Edith “Matilda” of Scotland, the wife of Henry I (1080-1118).

The name was very popular in Medieval England, but fell out of usage after the 15th-century and was suddenly revived in the 19th-century.

Currently, Edith is the 846th most popular female name in the United States (2009). The highest she has ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1894, when she was the 26th most popular female name.

Other forms of the name include:

Eadgyð/Ealdgyð (Anglo-Saxon)
Edita Едита (Croatian/Czech/Lithuanian/Serbian/Slovak/Slovene: eh-DEE-tah)
Ditte (Danish/Hungarian: DEET-te)
Ditta (Hungarian/Italian)
Edith (Dutch/English/Estonian/German/Scandinavian)
Édith (French)
Editha (German/Late Latin)
Éda (Hungarian)
Edina (Hungarian)
Edit (Hungarian/Swedish)
Editta (Italian)
Ediva (Late Latin)
Edyta (Polish: eh-DIH-tah)
Edite (Portuguese)

    A common English short form is Edie.

    The name has also been borne by: French songstress, Édith Piaf (1915-1963); First-Lady, Edith Roosevelt (1861-1948); British poet and critic, Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964); actress, Edith “Edie” Sedgwick (1943-1971); Jewish-born German philosopher, theologian, Catholic nun, and Holocaust victim, Edith Stein (1891-1942).

    The designated name-days are: January 13 (Czech Republic); May 9 (Lithuania); May 14 (Estonia); September 16 (France, Hungary, Lithuanian, Poland); September 26 (Slovakia).


    1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/edith
    2. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Edith

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