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Edna is the main character in Kate Chopin's The Awakening.
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2005
Edna, or "E," is the name of the costume designer for the "supers" in the Pixar film "The Incredibles."
-- breakofday  1/2/2006
Edna is my grandmother's name. She had always been told it was an old Germanic form of Anne.
-- hana  1/27/2006
Edna Purviance was Charlie Chaplin's leading lady of his films from 1915 to 1923. To make her a star on her own, Chaplin directed her in the 1923 film 'A Woman of Paris'.
-- alberto  3/7/2006
Edna St. Vincent Millay is an American poet.
-- ania24  6/15/2006
You mean, she WAS an American poet. She died in like 1960 when she fell down the stairs.

This name's a bit too, I dunno, I know this doesn't seem to make sense, but it's both a bit too dusty AND a bit too spacey for my taste.
-- Anonymous User  5/4/2007
There is a novelist named Edna Buchanan.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Edna Krabappel is the teacher of Bart Simpson on The Simpsons.
-- flipflops5  3/3/2007
I used to associate this name with Ms. Krabappel until I read The Awakening (awful book LOL). Now I think it's a cool name, mostly because we call my friend R. Edna, for a reason I can't quite comprehend.
-- Eilicea  6/21/2007
I don't really like this name and I don't think it's cool, it just makes me think of frumpy old grandmothers with their grey hair-dos tied in a bun. When the name was in use, it was as often an English name as an Irish and Scottish name, but it rarely occurs in any English-speaking country nowadays.
-- freeserve.co.uk  8/30/2007
Whenever I think of the name Edna I think of Enda Turnblad from hairspray.
-- Anonymous User  1/6/2008
Ugh for me. I think it sounds terrible, no offense to anyone, and a definite old-lady vibe.
-- jolidanstitre  4/30/2008
This name sounds hopelessly old-fashioned, and rather makes me think of old, moody women with silly outfits and perms who rant about the young people being so horrible today. The name Enid is actually quite pretty, but Edna even sounds unpleasant.
-- slight night shiver  5/22/2008
There is a children's book about a girl named Cinderedna, who goes by Edna. She lives next door to Cinderella, who goes by Ella, and has the same problems (evil stepmother and stepsisters) but handles them in a more rational and productive way (She takes the bus after the clock strikes midnight, wears loafers instead of glass slippers).

I associate this name with oatmeal for unknown reasons.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  1/9/2009
I like this name. However, it's very old ladyish, considering it was the name of my great-grandmother who died a couple of years ago. Even so, I can see it making a comeback sooner than Mildred or Bertha.
-- bananarama  7/9/2009
Edna Purviance-famous as Charlie Chaplin's first leading lady.
-- malkat  9/8/2009
I'm surprised to see that no one has yet mentioned Dame Edna Everage - the character played by Australian actor Barry Humphries (born 1934).
-- Katrine  1/9/2010
I never liked this name, but I really hate it now because my name (Edina) is constantly confused with it. Teachers can keep track of which variant of Caitlin belongs to who, but can't notice the 'I' dead center in my name.
-- bathos  1/6/2011
I cannot escape the association with designer Edna "E" Mode (voiced by Brad Bird) of the film "The Incredibles." She is a direct, diminutive in stature, eccentric, no-nonsense lass... and I adore her-- "No capes!" Consequently or not, the name itself shares my pleasure, and in reaction has found itself a slot on my "Favorites List." I truly would consider naming a child this... but there are many variables, including of how well it would be accepted.

The hate all previous posters have expressed is surprising to me, actually. I find the name classically beautiful, charming, cosmopolitan, ageless, professional and mature without appearing too wickedly out of place on a young girl.
-- Francesca  5/18/2011
Sounds harsh with the NA sound. And the d and n. Also makes people think it's an 'old lady name'. Good (?) combinations are
- Vivienne Edna
- Leanne Edna
- Dianne Edna
-- Thumbs  3/6/2012
The name Edna is a baby girl name. The name Edna is not derived from other names and is not a Germanic form of Anne or Edwina as previously stated. It is derived from the word Eden which is the garden in the first book of the Bible.
Anne is already a Germanic name in its own right. Edwina is English / American.
Edna is a name in its own right and is from the following places:

Celtic Meaning:
The name Edna is a Celtic baby name. In Celtic the meaning of the name Edna is: Fire.

American Meaning:
The name Edna is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Edna is: Fire.

English Meaning:
The name Edna is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Edna is: meaning wealthy friend, or rich in friendship.

Hebrew Meaning:
The name Edna is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Edna is: Rejuvenation, pleasure; delight. Derived from the same word as the biblical Garden of Eden.
-- Anonymous User  2/27/2013
The name Edna has not completely died out in the US. In 2012, it was given to 88 baby girls here.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
I agree with most of the comments, it does remind me of an old lady but even so, I kind of like it and I would much prefer to see Edna being used than Mildred, Millicent, or Beatrice. I think it becomes more usable when you pair it with comtemporary names like Kate or Harper.
-- GibsonGirl  8/3/2013
Edna's a cute, vintage name. ☺ I love the fact it's Irish, I love the meaning "kernel" and I love the way it sounds and all. ☺
-- justsomegirl  10/17/2014
I am new to the site, and was so surprised to see people expressing their disapprovals of names... then I saw that behindthename actually asks others to give their personal impressions of names. My name is Edna. I was born in 1940. While I suppose I am now an "old lady," I don't think it's anyone's place to tell me so, or tell me what they think of my name. In fact, I have always been rather uncomfortable with my name, but decided not to change it, as it is the name my mother gave me.

While the color is gone from some of my hair, and I am less vigorous than previously, I'm not an "old granny" or someone who cannot get out of the way of all those horseless carriages you young people race around in so sinfully, drinking and smoking and watching moving pictures and such things. Tch tch.

Really... must people take themselves and their opinions and impressions so seriously? Any name will have a certain number of people for whom the name has ugly associations. That's right: any name, every name, even your name.

I appreciate those who wrote of pleasant associations. After all Edna = Pleasure.
-- Shhhhh  5/9/2015
The only Edna I know is my 84 year old great aunt... I still like the name, even if it puts you in mind of an old lady.
-- Anonymous User  5/10/2015
This was my grandmother's name- often shortened to 'Ed'. There must be hardly any Edna's under 80 though, so it's understandable that the name makes people think of an old lady. It is difficult to even imagine a tiny baby with the name Edna. I don't see this name making a comeback like the softer sounding 'old fashioned' names like Grace and Ruby have.
-- PLR  8/15/2015

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