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Quick Facts on Edwina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Rich friend

Characteristics of Edwina

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Edwina

Edwina is the female form of Edwin. Edwin, in turn, is a very old Anglo-Saxon personal name originally rendered as Eadwine, from the Olde English elements “ead” meaning “prosperity, riches” and “wine” meaning “friend.”  In other words, Edwina means “prosperous friend.”  The ancient name Eadwine was most famously borne by a 7th century King of Northumbria (a medieval pagan kingdom of the Angles in what is now northern England and parts of Scotland).  King Eadwine converted to Christianity in 627 and was subsequently slain in the Battle of Hatfield Chase by opposing pagan forces.  This unfortunate outcome led to Edwin being venerated as a martyr and a saint in the Roman Catholic Church – it also served to popularize his name.  In fact, Edwin is one of the few Olde English masculine names to survive the aftermath of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The female variation of this name, Edwina, was not coined until much later in the 19th century. 

Popularity of the Name Edwina

Edwina showed low-to-moderate popularity from the late 19th century up through the mid-20th century. Today, however, this name is considered outdated and perhaps a little too “old-ladyish.” In fact, only seven baby girls born in America in 2013 were given the name Edwina. Call it what you will. We think it’s downright charming. We also love the nicknames Eddie and/or Winnie.
Popularity of the Girl Name Edwina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Edwina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Edwina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Edwina

    Edwina We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Edwina.

  • Popular Songs on Edwina

    Popular Songs on Edwina

    Edwina - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Edwina.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Edwina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Edwina

    Edwina the Emu (Sheena Knowles) - In this sequel to the popular Edward the Emu, Edward and his mate Edwina are the proud parents of ten little emu eggs. "Don't get depressed. I'll find a job, you stay on the nest," says Edwina to her stunned mate. And so Edwina sets out to find a job in this lighthearted offering from down under. Rhythmic, rhyming verse by Sheena Knowles and hilarious illustrations by Rod Clement make this an entertaining picture book that is sure to find a place in the hearts of readers everywhere. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct (Mo Willems) - Everyone in town knows Edwina. She is the dinosaur who plays with the kids. She is the dinosaur who helps little old ladies cross the street. And best of all, she bakes yummy chocolate-chip cookies. Everyone loves Edwina except for Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. Reginald knows dinosaurs are extinct and is ready to prove it. But will anyone listen? And if they do, what will happen to Edwina? Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Edwina

    Famous People Named Edwina

    Famous People Named Edwina - Edwina Mountbatten (British nobility); Edwina Currie (English politician); Edwina Hart (Welsh politician); Edwina Tops-Alexander (Australian Olympic equestrian rider); Edwina Booth (American actress); Edwina Dumm (cartoonist); Edwina Sandys (Granddaughter of Winston Churchill)

  • Children of Famous People Named Edwina

    Children of Famous People Named Edwina

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Edwina - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Edwina.

  • Historic Figures

    Edwina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Edwina - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Edwina.

Personality of the Girl Name Edwina

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Edwina

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