Edna: Tell me I'm crazy. Talk me out of it.

I couldn’t say for sure if I’m seriously considering using it… but it has really grown on me recently.

[name]Edna[/name] was my great-grandmother’s name, who was an incredible person. I’ve seriously considered using it in the middle before, but was interested in what you Berries thought of [name]Edna[/name] in the fn spot.

I’m well aware of [name]Edna[/name]'s old lady connotations. In my opinion, vintage names like [name]Henrietta[/name], [name]Millicent[/name], and [name]Josephine[/name] are usable. [name]Bertha[/name], [name]Ethel[/name], and [name]Hortense[/name] are not. Is [name]Edna[/name] in the usable or non-usable category in your opinion?

Try to picture [name]Edna[/name] on a little, cute, 3 year old fire-cracker. A possibility? Or a nightmare?

I think it’s in the first category. It does now have the connotations that [name]Bertha[/name] or [name]Hortense[/name] have of a big [name]German[/name] woman yelling at kids to get off her lawn. (Or something.) I think [name]Eddie[/name] would be an adorable nickname and I like that it’s actually a family name from someone who you admire. But then again, my top contender is currently [name]Henrietta[/name] and I’ve been asking myself the same kinds of questions so I get where you’re coming from. Thanks for including it with [name]Millicent[/name] and [name]Josephine[/name]! That makes me feel better. I love all the n/n possibilities!

All I see is Dame [name]Edna[/name]. Not cute. Sorry. It could be good as a mn though, something like [name]Violet[/name] [name]Edna[/name] or something could be sweet. [name]Edina[/name] its kind of pretty.

When I picture an [name]Edna[/name], I do think of an older woman but on a little girl that would be refreshing. I would use it as a first or middle, especially with the strong family connections.
It would be bolder as a first name. I would love to see someone break away from the mold and use a name that is still in the “ugly” category.

LOL, I think we need to start an “ugly-chic” trend!

I do agree it’s bold, and that’s one of the things I like.

Nope, not gonna. I’m a big believer in following your instincts when it comes to naming. [name]Eden[/name] and [name]Emma[/name] are enormously popular girls’ names; why not [name]Edna[/name]? I’m a huge fan of [name]Waldo[/name] myself – [name]Edna[/name]'s opposite number on the “unwearable” list. Nn [name]Eddie[/name] is adorable. If you want a longer form, [name]Edwina[/name] has the same clunky-patrician feel, and offers the even more adorable nn [name]Win[/name].

That is all.

You’re definitely not crazy–I really like [name]Edna[/name]! But this is coming from someone who plans to name her daughter [name]Edith[/name] (also after a beloved grandmother).

Although I, as a 15 year old girl, find [name]Edna[/name] pretty unwearable now (I think [name]Edna[/name] crabople from the Simpsons), I am fully aware that my opinion could change if the name was presented differently to me or if I met it on a little girl. Before I ducovered nameberry or had heard of the social security top 1000, I thought names like [name]Agnes[/name], [name]Agatha[/name], [name]Ava[/name], [name]Josephine[/name], [name]Matilda[/name], and [name]Millicent[/name] were the picture of ugly old lady names whereas now after having heard them in a new light, they are some of the names I love most. Overall, if you love the name, that is all that matters and even if people don’t like it at first, they will probably change their minds if they meet your adorable little girl :slight_smile:


Honestly if I wanted to honor someone named [name]Edna[/name], I would use [name]Edan[/name].

I understand wanting to honor someone special, but if her name was [name]Bertha[/name] would you still do it? I was thinking of using my mom’s name, [name]Jane[/name], for a middle name, but even my mother said that it was thoughtful but it’s a horrible name and not to use it. People will have a preceived notion that she is older before meeting her.

[name]Rin[/name]- I literally just laughed so loud that I woke up the baby sleeping on me.
I love you.

As for [name]Edna[/name], I think it’d be refreshing to see it on a little girl, i don’t love it. I like [name]Edith[/name] though :slight_smile:

OK, you’re crazy. jK. My feeling is if in 2 yrs you still love it (or its already been 2 yrs, or some extended period of time -if you have that sort of time) then you will know for sure that its a name you really love and not just ‘in the moment’. I’m not going to tell you not to use it if its your dear great gma’s name but honestly not much of a fan. If really want to then def. In mn spot. And/or “[name]Edie[/name]” would be a cute nn.

I don’t hate it. I think of [name]Charlotte[/name] nn [name]Charlie[/name]… [name]Edna[/name] nn [name]Edie[/name]… If you like boyish nn than I would go for it. :).

I honestly don’t know. I think [name]Edna[/name] might be somewhere between your two categories, to be honest. The right girl–the confident, quirky, pretty, firecracker type–could tip it toward the [name]Millicent[/name] & [name]Henrietta[/name] category. Put [name]Edna[/name] on the “wrong” kid, say one who’s shy, plain/a late bloomer, awkward, or just has trouble in social situations, and she feels like [name]Bertha[/name]'s sister.

[name]Ed[/name] & [name]Eddie[/name] would be adorable nicknames for a girl, though. And [name]Edna[/name] isn’t ugly when you stop and really think about it, not so different from [name]Ella[/name], [name]Etta[/name], [name]Eden[/name], or even [name]Edith[/name]. See? I really don’t know how I feel about [name]Edna[/name]. That indecision has me leaning toward saying it’s better left as a middle name.

LOL all! Thanks for your feedback. I’ve been chuckling the whole time. I’m sort of in agreement with above poster that I’m just not sure how I feel about [name]Edna[/name] yet. And I agree that [name]Edna[/name], on the wrong girl, could be a disaster. Akin to [name]Bertha[/name]'s sister, LOL!

I actually think [name]Edna[/name] is a fine classic and wearable name. When I was in elementary school, one of the school nurses was named [name]Edna[/name] and was in her late 30s if I remember correctly. She was really nice, too. Plus my grandfather’s name is [name]Eduardo[/name], (although everyone has always called him [name]Eddie[/name]). I’ve even considered the name for that reason. It really is a lovely name in my opinion :slight_smile:

There are a lot of older names that I like but [name]Edna[/name] isn’t one of them. I just think it sounds really unattractive. I can’t imagine a beautiful or sexy woman named [name]Edna[/name] (the same goes for names like [name]Mildred[/name], [name]Bertha[/name], [name]Gertrude[/name]). I do think the nickname [name]Edie[/name] is cute but I would use it for something more modern like [name]Eden[/name]. If you feel that you absolutely must use [name]Edna[/name], then I would suggest putting it in the middle.

Give us a year or two and Nameberries will be all over it. I just don’t think it’s quite hit that sweet spot of freshness, yet.