Gender Feminine
Scripts עֶדְנָה(Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈɛd.nə/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Means "pleasure" in Hebrew. This name appears in the Old Testament Apocrypha, for instance in the Book of Tobit belonging to the wife of Raguel. It was borne by the American poet Edna Dean Proctor (1829-1923). It did not become popular until the second half of the 19th century, after it was used for the heroine in the successful 1866 novel St. Elmo by Augusta Jane Evans [1]. It peaked around the turn of the century and has declined steadily since then, falling off the American top 1000 list in 1992.

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Name Days

Latvia: July 5
Norway: October 31


Sources & References

  1. Evans, Cleveland Kent. The Great Big Book of Baby Names. Publications International, 2006, page 413.
Entry updated April 23, 2024