Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Edwina

Edwina is the female form of Edwin. Edwin, in turn, is a very old Anglo-Saxon personal name originally rendered as Eadwine, from the Olde English elements “ead” meaning “prosperity, riches” and “wine” meaning “friend.”  In other words, Edwina means “prosperous friend.”  The ancient name Eadwine was most famously borne by a 7th century King of Northumbria (a medieval pagan kingdom of the Angles in what is now northern England and parts of Scotland).  King Eadwine converted to Christianity in 627 and was subsequently slain in the Battle of Hatfield Chase by opposing pagan forces.  This unfortunate outcome led to Edwin being venerated as a martyr and a saint in the Roman Catholic Church – it also served to popularize his name.  In fact, Edwin is one of the few Olde English masculine names to survive the aftermath of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The female variation of this name, Edwina, was not coined until much later in the 19th century. 
 

All About the Baby Name – Edwina

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME EDWINA

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME EDWINA

Edwina showed low-to-moderate popularity from the late 19th century up through the mid-20th century. Today, however, this name is considered outdated and perhaps a little too “old-ladyish.” In fact, only seven baby girls born in America in 2013 were given the name Edwina. Call it what you will. We think it’s downright charming. We also love the nicknames Eddie and/or Winnie.

Quick Facts

ON EDWINA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

ed-WEEN-ə

SIMPLE MEANING:

Rich friend

Characteristics

OF EDWINA

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Edwina

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME EDWINA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Edwina

Popular Songs

ON EDWINA

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Edwina


Famous People

NAMED EDWINA

Edwina Mountbatten (British nobility)
Edwina Currie (English politician)
Edwina Hart (Welsh politician)
Edwina Tops-Alexander (Australian Olympic equestrian rider)
Edwina Booth (American actress)
Edwina Dumm (cartoonist)
Edwina Sandys (Granddaughter of Winston Churchill)

Children of Famous People

NAMED EDWINA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Edwina

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME EDWINA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Edwina