From Hebrew meaning "pleasure" or "delight"; a variant of Eden in the apocryphal Book of Tobit. In Ireland and Scotland it has been used as an anglicization of Goidelic Eithne.

Proper nounEdit


  1. A female given name.
    • 1611 King James Version of the Bible: Tobit 10:12:
      Edna also said to Tobias, The Lord of heaven restore thee, my dear brother, and grant that I may see thy children of my daughter Sara before I die.
    • 1866 Augusta Jane Evans, St. Elmo, G. W. Dillingham 1866, page 54:
      'Edna', forsooth! No doubt her origin and morals are quite as apocryphal as her name.
    • 1990 Linda Barnes: Coyote, p.102:
      Conjure faces to go with these names: Edna and Joy. Then I'll tell you that Edna, who has a wicked serve, is our team beauty, and Joy is as plain and dour as they come.

Usage notesEdit

  • Popular in the U.S.A. during the latter half of 19th century, in the U.K. in early 20th century.

Related termsEdit



Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges:A Concise Dictionary of First Names.Oxford University Press 2001.



Proper nounEdit


  1. A female given name derived from Eithne.
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