[ 2 syll. e-dna, ed-na ] The baby girl name Edna is pronounced in English as EHDNah †. Edna is used chiefly in the English, German, Hawaiian, Irish, and Scottish languages, and its origin is Hebrew and Celtic. Hebrew origin, English, German, and Hawaiian use: It is from the elements 'ednah' meaning rejuvenation, pleasure ; 'eden' delight, paradise. The name first appeared as the name of Sarah's mother in the Apocryphal Book of Tobit, in which it could have been derived from the Hebrew 'ednah' (meaning rejuvenation, pleasure), a word related to the name of the Garden of Eden. The first use of the given name in England was recorded in the 18th century, showing an introduction from Ireland rather than from the Bible. Thus, the name can also be taken to be of Irish origin, as it is used as an Anglicization of the Gaelic Eithne.
Edna is a variant of the name Eithne (English, Gaelic, Irish, and Scottish) in the English, Irish, and Scottish languages.
Adna, Eddi, Eddna, Eddy, Edena (Hawaiian), Edenah, Edina (Hawaiian), Ednah (English and Hebrew), Ednita, and Edona are variants of Edna. Eda (German pet form) and Eddie (English pet form) are other variants of Edna.
Edna is unusual as a baby name for girls. Its usage peaked in 1902 with 0.982% of baby girls being given the name Edna. Its ranking then was #13. The baby name has since fallen out of favor, and is today of infrequent use. Among the group of girl names directly linked to Edna, Eden was the most popular in 2012. Edna has predominantly been a girl name, though in the past century it has also been used for boys. In 1912, Edna as a girl name outnumbered its use as a boy name by 172 times.
† Pronunciation for Edna: EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
Details of famous persons named Edna:
Actress Ellen Burstyn, born Edna Rae Gillooly, 7 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan.
Actress Deanna Durbin, born Edna Mae Durbin, December 4, 1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Actress Edna Purviance, born Olga Edna Purviance, October 21, 1895 - 11 January 1958, Paradise Valley, Nevada.
Author Edna Ferber, born 15 August 1885 - 16 April 1968, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Author Edna O'Brien, born 15 December 1930, Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland.