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Please talk to me about Esther and Edith.

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tiggywinksghost Tue 27-Oct-09 22:33:23

Which do you like best and why? If you don't like, would also like to know reasons.


Tommy Tue 27-Oct-09 22:42:36

I love Esther smile and was a very strong character in the Old Testament so would be a good role model.

I also love Edith but I had a Hungarian friend called Edith and it was pronounced "E'deet" (like in French) which I think is a more beautiful pronunciation

cloelia Tue 27-Oct-09 22:44:23

My middle name is Esther and i totally loathed it as a child; Both Esther and Edith were family names so i could have landed either; actually now i could take Edith because I like Edie as a nn. On balance I think they tick the boxes of not everywhere yet traditional and easy to spell.

Vivia Tue 27-Oct-09 23:02:43

Esther. I absolutely adore it. Even more than this, I love Hester.

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 27-Oct-09 23:03:25

I heart Edith

Enid is fab, too

IControlSandwichMonkey Tue 27-Oct-09 23:04:27

Both love both. I like the soft sounds of Edith better though.

sargentpooper Tue 27-Oct-09 23:04:47

i love both and often have the same debate in my head! Edith has Edie as a nickname option which is a bonus.

Clary Tue 27-Oct-09 23:07:47

I like both.

I guess Edith I prefer because it is old English as opposed to old Biblical, so more my taste.

I know one small Edith and two small Esthers, ie not many of either, if you are thinking popularity.

However I have heard Edith condemned on MN as "Very now and popular". Not where I live tho.

rasputin Tue 27-Oct-09 23:14:08

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wrongun Tue 27-Oct-09 23:26:57

They're both members of the WI grin

I like 'em.

Scorpette Wed 28-Oct-09 09:58:53

Esther is my name so I say go for it! grin But bear in mind that an incredible amount of people can't spell it properly (you would not believe the spellings I've seen over the years!)

Don't let that put you off, though - it is classic without being 'old lady' and is unusual without being weird or tacky and everyone's heard of it. And it's not girly-girly either. What have you got to lose?! <smug face>

PS Also like Edith too!

diddl Wed 28-Oct-09 13:02:47

I like both.

Perhaps edging slightly to Edith.

Anya4 Wed 28-Oct-09 13:07:55

I think Esther is lovely. Depends what you're wanting though - Edith is much more a name of 2009/10, whereas Esther hasn't seemed to have dated much. Both are lovely. Really like nn Edie

qumquat Wed 28-Oct-09 13:12:59

I love Esther, classy and elegant. Edith is too old lady for my liking, and to be honest I think it's just plain ugly.

DuelingFANGo Wed 28-Oct-09 13:18:39

I like them both. Esther mostly but I love Edith too.

LittleWhiteWereWolf Wed 28-Oct-09 13:24:32

I love Esther. It was Judy Garlands characters name in Meet Me In St Louis. Love it!

mathanxiety Wed 28-Oct-09 13:33:12

Love both. Esther was on the girls top ten names list in NY recently.

belgo Wed 28-Oct-09 13:41:33

Love both the names, in particular Esther. Estelle is lovely too, and Martha.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 28-Oct-09 13:41:59

Love both,

Esther less common/ popular - Edith seems to be shortened to Edie, then there do seem to be quite a few of them.

But, love both

daisyj Wed 28-Oct-09 13:42:34

Watching this thread with interest as Esther suddenly occurred to me as a lovely name for second DD (not yet conceived grin). Timeless, but unusual as a British girls' name, but not outlandish, and it travels fairly well too.

branflake81 Wed 28-Oct-09 15:03:15

Neither. I think they are both ugly. Sorry.

ellipsis Wed 28-Oct-09 15:07:01

I like Esther, and suggested it as a name for dd, but dh, who is a chemist, rejected it for the very geeky reason of it sounding like a group of chemicals called esters. Harrumph.

Butterflygirl7 Thu 29-Oct-09 22:12:13

Edith and shortened version Edie sounds beautiful-sorry i can't think of a reason!

AKMD Thu 29-Oct-09 22:37:43

Edith - it reminds me of roses

KittyBigglesworth Fri 30-Oct-09 00:44:15

Don't mind either, like the fact that they are W.I type names! Those that are too pretty-pretty often become sullied over time.
Slow burners like these allow the owner to project their own personality upon them when they're adults. Sligthly prefer Edith due to the Wharton connection.

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