What do you think of the name Eden?

(55 Posts)
thecakeisalie Mon 24-Feb-14 08:45:08

Were really struggling to find names we both agree on for a girl and so far the only 2 we've decided we like which are Eden and Caitlin/Caitlyn.

I'm quite liking Eden but wanted to gauge other peoples thoughts on it. I was surprised to learn it's a unisex name as I personally prefer it for a girl. We quite like names that aren't really unusual but aren't commonly heard either.

Our boys name shortlist is currently - Tobias, Marcus and Morgan

5madthings Mon 24-Feb-14 08:45:40


5madthings Mon 24-Feb-14 08:46:11

love it, its my dds middle name. she is merryn lola eden smile

Love Eden! I would use it for a girl, however I know of two boys called Eden round here. Just so you know.

MrsWolowitz Mon 24-Feb-14 08:49:25

I love Eden for a girl.

msrisotto Mon 24-Feb-14 08:54:18

Honestly, I think it is strange. And a bit sexual, forbidden fruit and all that. Quite a heavily laden name when you think about it!

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 24-Feb-14 08:54:52

I like it

Shatteredmamma1 Mon 24-Feb-14 08:57:10

I really love it. Could nn 'Edie' if you wanted, also sweet

natandmat Mon 24-Feb-14 09:14:37

I really like it, but I think of it more as a boys name, infact it was on my boys final list!

thecakeisalie Mon 24-Feb-14 09:29:00

I like the nn Edie too Shatteredmamma1 which I think would be quite cute while little.

mcrisotto I had thought of the whole Garden of Eden connection but hadn't really thought of it having a sexual connection on any level. I see what your saying though.

I don't have a problem with it being a unisex name just for some reason if we were to use it then it feels like a girls name. In the same way that Morgan is on our boys shortlist but not our girls - I prefer it for a boy but don't have a problem with it being a girls name too.

Although I do wonder if unisex names are a bit of a burden. Will they get annoyed always having to clarify if they are male or female, getting letters with the wrong title on them etc?

RighteousSausage Mon 24-Feb-14 09:36:12

I know a little girl Eden and the name really suits her. I'm Catholic and have never thought it had sexual connotations.

Morgause Mon 24-Feb-14 09:38:11

Eden Kane was a really grim pop star when I was a kid. Hopefully no one would remember him.

I think it could work.

Awks Mon 24-Feb-14 09:39:39

It's my dd2's middle name. It would have been her first name if dh hadn't been sounreasonable keen on the one we chose

notso Mon 24-Feb-14 09:46:04

I know a few Edens. I prefer it for a girl, I think it is pretty.

Yy to Edie as a NN.

Sneezecakesmum Mon 24-Feb-14 09:51:56

Love it. And Merryn ........... Both vetoed sad

Shatteredmamma1 Mon 24-Feb-14 10:45:56

Lovely smile was on my list for a girl. Slightly jealous!! grin

thecakeisalie Mon 24-Feb-14 10:48:44

My Dh has vetoed loads of girls names. We have two boys already so I honestly thought picking a girls name would be easier but its been harder because we can't agree on what we like. Coming up with a third boys name has been much easier than expected because we know what we like.

Thanks everyone it has reassured me seeing other people's opinions. It's staying on the shortlist and I'll just have to wait now to see what sex this baby is and whether the name suits them.

thecakeisalie Mon 24-Feb-14 10:52:18

Hold the jealousy for now Shatteredmamma1 we don't know what we've got in there yet so chances are we'll be naming a third boy! I've got a feeling it might be a girl though not sure whether to trust my instinct or not smile

Shatteredmamma1 Mon 24-Feb-14 14:03:36

Haha smile you could always go with Aidan for a boy!!!

Highlystrungmum Mon 24-Feb-14 14:29:53

Gorgeous name for a girl

Oxtailchambermaid Mon 24-Feb-14 14:51:41

I worked with a chunky, rugby playing New Zealander called Eden so for that reason alone I sit in the "it's a boys name" camp.

27mummmy2boys Mon 24-Feb-14 14:59:54

I'm having a girl and I have two boys was convinced it was a boy aswell so you never know!!

I think I would use Eden more for a middle name but I do like it! smile

HomeHelpMeGawd Mon 24-Feb-14 15:04:48

It's a lovely name. Here are three pronunciations: ee-den, ay-den and edden.

HomeHelpMeGawd Mon 24-Feb-14 15:04:57

There not here

NadiaWadia Mon 24-Feb-14 17:12:37

It's lovely. Better as a girls' name IMO.

StellaLuna82 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:30:20

I think it's a great name too. I know a man called Eden so always thought of it as a boys name (it's on my list) though dp thinks it's better suited to a girl!! (Hmm)

thecakeisalie Mon 24-Feb-14 20:03:17

I do think with unisex names it depends if you've known anyone with the name as to whether it feels more like a boys or girls name.

I heard Eden on a t.v show and the character was female, but it already kind of felt like a girls name to me. I'm sure if I'd known a male with the name I'd feel differently about it.

I'm so glad there's so many of you who like it, it's such a minefield trying to find the right name!

27mummmy2boys - I think I'm the same and I've convinced myself that that I carry boys after having 2 of them. I think it'll be a big shock if it turns out to be a girl. I'll be thrilled either way I just can't quite get my head round the idea that it might a be a girl in there - it's helping finally having some names we like though!

southeastastra Mon 24-Feb-14 20:04:38

it's a shopping centre in high wycombe which would put me off

amothersplaceisinthewrong Mon 24-Feb-14 20:06:31

I assume your surname is not Project. But agree, the fact it is a shopping centre in High Wycombe would put me off too,

sonlypuppyfat Mon 24-Feb-14 20:08:26

I had a perfume called Eden once.

FloppyPoppyCocky Mon 24-Feb-14 20:08:48

Why in the name of all that is holy does it matter that a random shopping centre in a random town in the South East is called Eden! And more to the point why would it put you off?

thecakeisalie Mon 24-Feb-14 20:38:42

Well I can honestly say I'd never heard of the shopping centre in High Wycombe but that's probably because I've never been to High Wycombe. It's ok though our ds1's name is also the name of a city in the US, it didn't put us off in fact I think it's quite nice he has his very own city!

Luckily our surname is not Project or Garden so I think were safe there.

I think were fairly immune from connections with names (within reason) as were still considering Morgan for dc3 even though ds2 is Dexter - make that connection and tell me if were just plain weird for still considering the name.

FloppyPoppyCocky Mon 24-Feb-14 21:46:08

I love the name Eden for a girl. I know one lovely little Eden. I also love Morgan for a girl too.

manicinsomniac Tue 25-Feb-14 15:29:02

I love it for a girl. Quite like it for a boy too.

TulipOHare Tue 25-Feb-14 16:22:56

My DD is named Eden, so obviously I am in favour grin

I love it, it suits her down to the ground and we gets loads of compliments on it.

I like that it is a bit off the beaten track, but still simple, easy to say and spell, and has historical / cultural resonance.

It means "delightful" or something in Hebrew. Which is nice smile

EasterHoliday Tue 25-Feb-14 16:24:50

We nearly went for it, but we live not too far from the shopping centre, so it had to be a no.

bruffin Tue 25-Feb-14 16:26:09

Unfortunately reminds me of

Eden Wood

Shlurpbop Tue 25-Feb-14 16:29:16

I only know female Edens. Love the name.

PamHalpert Tue 25-Feb-14 16:34:05

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Mireio Tue 25-Feb-14 16:51:16

It's too religious for me due to the Garden of Eden connection. Also, the only Eden I know is male.

Flicktheswitch Tue 25-Feb-14 16:51:52

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thecakeisalie Tue 25-Feb-14 18:14:28

Bruffin - That doll is a little freaky. not enough on it's own to put me off though.

We obviously have good taste TulipOHare, I like it for the same reasons. It's not so unusual that people will pull funny faces when they hear it but not commonly used either. Plus it's simple but we can use the cute nn Edie.

I know what you mean about the religious connection Mireio but so many names are biblical names with meanings like 'gift from god' and so on. It would be difficult to pick a name without a religious connection.

bruffin Tue 25-Feb-14 18:16:46

Thats not a doll
Its a real child. She is pageant child who has her own reality show

Mirage Tue 25-Feb-14 18:17:22

Love it,it is DD1's middle name.

TulipOHare Tue 25-Feb-14 18:31:56

Mine won't let me call her Edie. I have tried. DC can be so aggravating with their opinions about things grin

thecakeisalie Tue 25-Feb-14 19:53:17

Ah apologises for the confusion the link said something about a living doll so I wrongly assumed she was a doll blush . Even so its not a deal breaker because even with more commonly used names you can end up sharing s name wiyh someone you'd rather not, H from steps comes to mind.

So true Tulip. Plus odd nn's end up sticking, we call ds2 moo moo goodness knows where that came from.

systemsmalfunction Tue 25-Feb-14 23:48:55

I know a female Morgan. Very cute

BackforGood Tue 25-Feb-14 23:54:43

I only like it for a garden, I'm afraid.

DramaAlpaca Tue 25-Feb-14 23:58:27

I like it for a girl.

Amethyst24 Wed 26-Feb-14 00:03:17

I think it's very pretty. There's a character in a Barbara Vine novel called Eden - she was named Edith but changed it to be cooler www.amazon.co.uk/A-Dark-Adapted-Eye-Barbara-Vine-ebook/dp/B002RI9X1K (she is a very unpleasant character though).

IneedAwittierNickname Wed 26-Feb-14 00:09:49

I love it, and it definitely seems like a girls name to me. Even though I first.saw it as a name in the boys section of a name book.

TulipOHare Wed 26-Feb-14 02:12:48

The book Amethyst linked to is where I first heard (and loved) the name. Although was the TV adaptation. Aunt Eden was v glamorous but yes, not very nice!

NadiaWadia Wed 26-Feb-14 04:56:26

Yes that's where I first heard it too! Probably that's why I think of it as female, but even if there was no such book, it still seems girly to me. There is something a bit harsh about Edith (maybe because I knew a few battleaxe old ladies with that name!) but Eden has a lovely sound.

Mirage Wed 26-Feb-14 13:33:59

I got the name from 'A dark adapted eye' too! Her first name came from an episode of 'The Sopranos' so far less cerebral.grin

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