Eden or Edith (nn Edie either way)? Polling station here!

(57 Posts)
Umlauf Tue 26-Feb-13 16:02:19

Dd will be known as Edie most of the time but we don't want a nn on the bc. DH loves Edie but not so keen on Edith, whereas I love it, but I quite like Eden as an alternative. He likes it more!

Which would you vote for?!

Willow36 Tue 26-Feb-13 16:03:40

Eden smile

scaevola Tue 26-Feb-13 16:04:11


Eden was traditionally a boys name and I'm not that keen on unisex.

Songbird Tue 26-Feb-13 16:06:17

Edith for me

OddFrog Tue 26-Feb-13 16:09:04

Edith, love it. I like Esther too.

MolotovCocktail Tue 26-Feb-13 16:09:27


Edith is one of those 'old lady' names, which, no matter how many times I try to convince myself otherwise, just sounds fusty. I can't figure out it's repopulatity (like Ethel and Maeve).

ChristineDaae Tue 26-Feb-13 16:09:48

Eden definitely!

Iseeall Tue 26-Feb-13 16:10:17

Eden. Sounds fresh modern to my ears, really like it.

Umlauf Tue 26-Feb-13 16:10:38

It's going to be half and half isn't it?!

usualsuspect Tue 26-Feb-13 16:12:34


MolotovCocktail Tue 26-Feb-13 16:13:07

Uml, what does your gut instinct say about the name?

McNo Tue 26-Feb-13 16:14:05

Eden smile

Umlauf Tue 26-Feb-13 16:23:56

Hmm well I have liked Edith for a long time molotov and Eden is a fairly new suggestion so I might well go off it but I do like it now. There are no girls names that I absolutely love but I do really like Edie and it's DHs favourite.

MolotovCocktail Tue 26-Feb-13 16:59:29

It's just that Eden and Edith are so different: one is fresh, unisex and modern sounding and the other is granny chic (I do really like some granny chic names, like Pearl, Iris and Violet). If you love Edith but compromise with Eden, then it may backfire in the future. You might one day look at your DD and think "I WISH I'D CALLED YOU E•D•I•T•H!!! <sob>"

Anyway, other names I could think of where Edie would be the NN are:


You could just name her Edie, of course smile

MolotovCocktail Tue 26-Feb-13 17:00:40

Not 'Edwine' but 'Edwina' excitedly typing on iPhone

TheYamiOfYawn Tue 26-Feb-13 17:02:39

Edith. It's chic and elegant. I think Eden is a little bit tacky.

slambang Tue 26-Feb-13 17:06:48

Edith. Lovely classic but still quite unusual.

Eden - a bit, well ...

MolotovCocktail Tue 26-Feb-13 17:07:10

Edith in other languages:

Editha (German)
Edetta/Editta (Italian)
Dita (Czech)

It seems to me that as you have liked Edith for such a long time, and your DH loves Edie as a NN, then Edith is the natural choice.

Or Edie ...


MolotovCocktail Tue 26-Feb-13 17:08:01
MyCatsRule Tue 26-Feb-13 17:10:21

I know 3 Edens - all boys!

Umlauf Tue 26-Feb-13 17:12:46

Thanks everyone! I love Edie but think it fails the prime minister test so would want a more formal bc name, and Edith I do like (also LOVE Iris molotov but sadly DH doesnt!) DH does say that he has 'warmed to Edith enough to accept it although probably will never address her that way unless she's been naughty' so may be safer sticking with that. I do really love Eden but if its a bit, well...! I do like a posh name!!

usualsuspect Tue 26-Feb-13 17:14:34

A bit well, what?

saintmerryweather Tue 26-Feb-13 17:18:10

i love edith, its my favourite girls name ever

slambang Tue 26-Feb-13 17:22:50

Just not my brew

DizzyHoneyBee Tue 26-Feb-13 17:23:12


Umlauf Tue 26-Feb-13 17:23:23

i dont know usual, it was a comment upthread! (suspect negative, which is fine as an opinions thread!)

Naranji Tue 26-Feb-13 17:24:12

Edith is much much nicer than Eden.

YellowAndGreenAndRedAndBlue Tue 26-Feb-13 17:27:30


WithASpider Tue 26-Feb-13 17:29:08

DD2 is Eden, and we're not in the slightest bit word we don't use

It suits her down to the ground, and she's one of 2 in school, both girls.

Maybe wait till she arrives and see which suits her better?

VerySmallSqueak Tue 26-Feb-13 17:30:04

It's a close call for me,but Eden is just the favourite here.

phlebas Tue 26-Feb-13 17:35:34

Edith undoubtedly.

badtime Tue 26-Feb-13 17:45:16


I think Edith sounds like a wizened old crone.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 26-Feb-13 17:45:45


CheeseStrawWars Tue 26-Feb-13 17:52:14

If you look up Eden on a certain baby name website, it suggests 'names like this' and proposes "Jayden" and "Kayden"

If you look up Edith on the same website, it suggests 'name like this' are "Judith" and "Edita".

You're in quite different taste-ballparks... not that I am saying either is better, they are just very far apart.

Umlauf Tue 26-Feb-13 17:52:43

thats a great idea spider i think we'll do just that, it does seem scary and erratic leaving decision to the last minute though!

Eden definitely smile

almapudden Tue 26-Feb-13 18:26:22

Edith. Eden is a boy's name ime. It's a bit, well, modern for a girls' name.

Sashapineapple Tue 26-Feb-13 19:13:46

Like Eden, funky but not wierd. Dislike Edith, too old lady.

Just Edie is lovely. Eden is a bit daft imho and Edith isn't v pretty.

MorphandChas Tue 26-Feb-13 20:35:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ham69 Tue 26-Feb-13 21:32:44

Edith! Love Edie and would def put Edith on birth certificate. I know a boy Edan.

Umlauf Wed 27-Feb-13 09:06:43

Hmmm Edan reminds me of Edam cheese! It's strange I like names in such different ball parks! And strange you know two spider I thought Eden was so unusual!

I think I'm going to have to stare at baby's newborn expression and judge whether she looks arty and creative (like her Mummy!) in which case ill go with Eden, or mathematical and practical (like her Daddy) and go with Edith! That is how I associate the two names I guess. I always think it strange when people say a newborn 'looks like a Tom' or whatever because, well... they all just look like newborns don't they?!

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Thu 28-Feb-13 19:16:30

I think Edith sounds very arty and creative.

Agree, I never understand how they can look like a name.

Ginebra Thu 28-Feb-13 19:18:52


Purplecatti Thu 28-Feb-13 19:24:43

Eden Woods is the name of a beauty pageant brat.

Blanketsandpillows Thu 28-Feb-13 19:53:19

Edith-love it

DD2 is Edith, we call her Edie (and Eeds when we want to shorten it even more grin). I love it, and everyone else seems to approve too.

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 28-Feb-13 20:06:08

DD is Edith, we call her Edie, interetsingly she always introduces her self as Edith.

coldcupoftea Thu 28-Feb-13 20:27:49

Edith, definitely. Or as a suggestion, how about Meredith with NN Edie?

forgetmenots Thu 28-Feb-13 20:29:29

Edie on its own, but out of those two Edith.

Like the idea of Meredith!

Jessepinkman Thu 28-Feb-13 21:02:11

The Edie in our family is the driving force. We all aspire to be her. She is intellectual, intelligent, seriously funny and can hold her own. I honestly believe that if she met the queen the queen would be eating out of her hand.

She is an Edith. I only know her as Edie so I love the name in its own right. As for the pm test Maggie can be pm, why not Edie?

Umlauf Thu 28-Feb-13 22:28:39

Love the very responses to our choice of name here, I was waiting for a flaming (although did really want honest opinions!) and so very chuffed about the positive responses!

I can't remember who said Meredith - its lovely but I was in Perugia with Meredith Kercher on my yr abroad and so that ones a little too close for me...

jesse I don't know.. Maggie was Margaret though wasn't she? I like the option of a more formal name which she can use if she wanted to. Although we'd just call her Edie, in the same way Kate Middleton is only Catherine is royal circles not that I have princess aspirations for my daughter!

Thinking Edie Louise to name her after family...

Clary Thu 28-Feb-13 22:48:29

Eden is a boys' name.

Edith is a lovely name grin and pretty unusual still (round here anyway - I know a grand total of one under 16 and I know a lot of kids) whatever you may read on MN.

DewDr0p Thu 28-Feb-13 22:52:04

Definitely Edith.

proudbi Mon 04-Mar-13 00:10:55


beckie90 Mon 04-Mar-13 10:25:20

I prefer Eden it was in my girls list names, mainly because I think its pretty but unusual. I'm not keen on edith to be honest but that's just my taste.

eachtigertires Mon 04-Mar-13 16:31:10


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