But no matter how familiar – or rare – they offer an appealing nickname, combined with a more formal first. That’s a winning combination for lots of families.
Edie is casual-cool. It’s a logical successor to Sadie and Millie and Daisy. And yet, it’s rich with backstory, too. Even maybe a little bit of an edge.
20th CENTURY EDIES
Socialite and Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick adds an awful lot of style to this short name.
You might also think of Edie Bouvier Beale – both of them! The name was shared by a mother-daughter pair, aunt and cousin to the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. They’re best known for their later years, living in the crumbling Hamptons mansion known as Grey Gardens, the subject of more than one book and movie.
Or maybe your first thought is Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. They scored a major hit with upbeat anthem “What I Am” in 1988.
Not long after, the world met The Sopranos, including matriarch Carmela, played by the talented Edie Falco.
Add it up and Edie feels offbeat and graceful, traditional but unexpected.
Actor Keira Knightley named her daughter Edie in 2015. For now, it remains beyond the current US Top 1000 – but very much on-trend.
FORMAL NAMES FOR EDIE: POPULAR PICKS
A current favorite, borrowed from the Book of Genesis. Eden implies a long-lost paradise. But it’s also a fit with modern nature names.
Saintly and regal, Edith might be the most obvious of formal names for Edie. It’s one of the few Anglo-Saxon names to survive the Norman conquest. The name of the the middle sister on Downton Abbey, Edith makes a delightfully vintage pick, a sister for Hazel or Pearl.
RARE FORMAL NAMES FOR EDIE
Irish myth gives us Étaín, a goddess associated with horses and the sun. Sometimes Anglicized as Aideen, it was also Latinized as Edana – the name of a sixth century saint.
A flower name made familiar by the sweet lullaby from The Sound of Music.
An ancient place name and a twelfth-century Crusader state, Edessa hasn’t been used as a given name – but it sounds like it could.
Classic Britcom Absolutely Fabulous featured best friends Patsy and Edina – Eddy for short. But Edie would work, too.
With girls answering to Ellison and Emerson, Edison doesn’t seem so outlandish. That said, it’s presently used almost exclusively for boys.
An ancient Hebrew name, Edna is also used as an Anglicized form of Eithne. An early twentieth century favorite, Edna is nearly extinct as a given name in the US now … but that could change, and Edie might help.
An Italian form of the Germanic Hedwig, Edvige is completely unknown in the US. But Edvige called Edie is deliciously unexpected.
Edwin is dashing. Edwina? It feels even more aggressively antique. But Edwina is rich with nickname options – Winnie, Eddy, and, of course, Edie.
A Scottish take on Eleanor, Eilidh looks like it could shorten to Edie easily. Except Eilidh actually sounds more like Aylee, so maybe it’s not a fit with formal names for Edie.
A stylish El- name that easily shortens to Edie, too.
It’s the name of a Welsh saint, and a legendary figure from Arthurian stories, too. It’s sometimes Lunete/Lunette or Lynette, but Eluned has plenty of appeal, too.
This gemstone name would probably shorten to Emmy, but a strong D sound at the end makes Edie another option.
A Cornish saint’s name, Endellion made headlines in 2010 when then-British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed a daughter named Florence Rose Endellion. The bonus middle comes from her place of birth during a family vacation – near a Cornish village named for the saint. Other forms of the name, like Endelienta, Endelient, and the modern Cornish Endelyn, might also appeal.
Another name from Arthurian legend, Enid has a lovely meaning: soul or life. It’s teetered of the edge of obscurity in the US since the 1950s.
Sophie Kinsella fans might remember Ermintrude from the Shopaholic series. It’s an old Germanic name. While it shares roots with the chart-topping Emma, it’s wildly rare today. During the Middle Ages, Ermen- names were plentiful.
In Greek myth, she’s the ill-fated wife of Orpheus, and a popular subject for operas and artists alike. Edie makes the elaborate and rare name wearable.
Another Greek name in the key of Penelope and Chloe, Evadne cold be that rare name that feels instantly familiar. The logical short form is Evie, but once again, a strong D sound makes Edie another option.
Borrowed from another saint, Everild dates to the seventh century.
The feminine form of Frederick might logically shorten to Freddie. But if boyish nicknames aren’t your speed, Edie seems like an unexpected choice.
The -edy ending isn’t quite Edie, but it’s close enough that it might work.
With ‘edith’ embedded in this name, Edie seems like an obvious nickname.
Do you like any of these formal names for Edie? What would you add to the list?
First published on March 1, 2013, this post was revised and re-published on January 20, 2022.