Is it time to put me out to pasture now? Is it time to commit me? Run for the hills, I’m going to talk about Edna!

Two things have brought me to my Edna musings. One is my genealogy research: Edna is a family name on my mother’s side. Her grandmother was an Edna, and it is my Aunt Louise’s middle name. The other is a thread on Doris on BNaBBT. I really like Doris, and the thread got me thinking about “frumpy” names.

I like Edna’s sound and history. It’s got two roots: one as an Anglicisation of Eithne, and another from Hebrew, meaning “pleasure.” I know I’m going waaay against the grain when I say I like the sound of Edna, but I personally don’t see the problem with it. Hannah is top 10 and I find it unpleasantly breathy; I much prefer the solidity of Edna. Edie is an adorable nickname, too. Edna’s a great alternative since I don’t care overmuch for Edith; seems dirty to me in a weird way. Too pioneer girl. I know a ton of people think Edna Krabappel from The Simpsons, but that doesn’t bother me too much. It’ll fade.

A few Edna combos for your perusal

  • Edna Daisy
  • Edna Beatrix
  • Edna Frances (unrepentantly “frumpy”)
  • Edna Lucienne
  • Edna Penelope
  • Edna Catherine
  • Edna Marianne
  • Edna Jessamine

Too lazy to do some three namers. I’ve been on a single middle name kick lately anyway. There are two or three up there that make my heart go aflutter, but I’m not going to bias you guys!

So, let me have it. Tell me what you think of Edna. You won’t hurt my feelings, promise.

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See here for the explanation, if you can’t figure out what we’re doing here. 😉 (Note: I’m not doing nicknames as other forms, since, well, they’re nicknames. I might do a post on nicknames I consider passable as full names at some point. You won’t see Sasha or Ned here.)

  • Edward: Duarte, Eduard, Eduardo, Edvard, Edmund
    • Eduarda
  • Christopher: Christoph/e, Cristobal, Kester, Christian
    • Christine, Christina, Christabel, Kirsten
  • Joseph: Jose, Giuseppe
    • Josephine, Josepha, Josephina, Giuseppina
  • Alexander: Alasdair, Alejandro, Aleksander, Alesander, Alessandro, Oleksander
    • Alexandra, Alejandra, Alessandra, Alexandrine, Sandrine
  • James: Akiva, Diego, Giacomo, Hamish, Iago, Jacob, Jacobo, Jacobus, Jago, Jacques, Santiago, Seamus, Yakov
    • Jacobine/a, Jacomina, Jacqueline, Jamesina

If anyone’s got any more male names they’d like me to include, pipe up and I’ll throw them on here.

I know that many, many naming sites have exhaustive lists on how to honor a relative with an unsavory name, but I still thought it would be fun to do my own, considering I don’t always agree with their suggestions. You can always use the same first letter, of course, but if you’re more of a stickler for similarity (like me!), maybe you can find these lists of some help. I’m going to stick to different international forms of the name, but I might end up doing a “similar in sound” list later.

  • John: Johann, Ivan, Evan, Sean, Hamish, Ian, Jens
    • Jean, Jane, Giovanna, Joan, Joanna, Sinead, Siobhan
  • Richard: Ricardo
    • Ricarda
  • Anthony: Antony, Antonio, Antoine
    • Antonia, Antoinette, Antonina
  • Timothy: Timoteo, Timo
    • Timothea
  • Michael: Miguel, Mikhail, Miles, Milo
    • Michaela, Michelle, Michela
  • Robert: Roberto, Robin, Rupert
    • Robin
  • William: Wilhelm, Willem
    • Willa, Wilhelmina
  • David: Taavi
    • Davina
  • Thomas: Tavish, Tomas
    • Thomasina, Tamsin
  • Mark: Marcus, Marco, Marcello, Marcos, Marek
    • Marcella, Marcia
  • Charles: Carl, Carlo, Carlos
    • Charlotte, Carla, Carlotta, Caroline, Carolina
  • Stephen: Etienne, Stefan, Tahvo, Esteban
    • Stephanie, Estefania