Having middle name doubts for Edith

My husband and I have happily decided on the name Edith (Edie) for our first daughter, due in August. We're both in love with the unexpected vintage sophistication of the name, but are also aware that many people will immediately think "old lady" (in a negative way) upon first hearing the name. With that in mind, we've tentatively settled on the full name Edith Isla, thinking that Isla will bring some modern femininity to the combo.

What do you think? If you don't love it, any suggestions for a great middle name for Edith? If you do love it, please let me know!

Thanks in advance!


April 15, 2014 5:04 PM

I've actually grown to like Edith a lot, and Edie is cute.


I do think Edith Isla sounds...off. Maybe it cuts off too soon. But Isla is pretty. :)


Edith Isla Rose

Edith Isla Claire

Edith Annora

Edith Fiona

Edith Noelle

Edith Bryony

Edith Sloane

April 15, 2014 5:20 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I think my problem stems from 1) being drawn to short names; 2) being drawn to vintage, "old lady" names. Ideally, I'd like something a bit more modern and longer, to pair with Edith, and I keep coming up empty. I think Isla is pretty, but I find it more "adequate" than the perfect middle for Edith. H is on board with it, though, so if we end up with an Edith Isla, I won't be upset. Just wondering if there's a better combo out there. 

Edith Annora is actually on my list to run by him. Love Edith Fiona, but Fiona was the name of our recently departed cat. :( H has already vetoed Noelle, and I'm not a huge fan of Bryony or Sloane. 

April 15, 2014 5:28 PM

Okay, how about:

Edith Anneliese

Edith Carys

Edith Julianna

Edith Francine

Edith Margot (too much Despicable Me?)

Edith Vivian

Edith Savannah

Edith Willow

Edith Olivia

Edith Raine

Edith Lillian

Edith Harper (I like this one--vintage and modern)

April 15, 2014 5:40 PM

I'm liking your suggestions. Carys is going on the list! 

Edith Anneliese - H vetoed.

Edith Carys - !

Edith Julianna - nms, but H has vetoed all other forms of "Julia"

Edith Francine - nms

Edith Margot (too much Despicable Me?) - love, actually, but H has vetoed. :P

Edith Vivian - like, and listed as an option for H, when he picked Isla. Might need to revisit.

Edith Savannah - the name of H's ex-wife's dog. Deal breaker.

Edith Willow - the name of a town near where I grew up, kind of makes it weird for me. 

Edith Olivia - used to love Olivia, but I'm so over it now. :(

Edith Raine - I have a similar problem with this as Isla... just doesn't flow that well, for me.

Edith Lillian - nms. I do like Jillian, but H vetoed. 

Edith Harper - the last name of a boy I went to HS with, so this might be weird.

Haha. Seriously... thank you for trying. :) I'm starting to think that with H and I both being fairly picky, yet both liking Isla pretty well, maybe it's going to have to be our compromise. I certainly don't think it's awful. 

April 15, 2014 5:42 PM

Don't apologize for being picky...naming a human being is a big deal. :D Glad I could help somewhat...best wishes to you!

April 15, 2014 5:44 PM

Ugh! Just realized Carys is a total no-go with our last name. Last name sounds like "Choice." Too much -s, I think. :(

April 15, 2014 6:02 PM

Bummer. How about Charrisa/Carrisa?

April 15, 2014 6:30 PM

Nms. :( 

I just ran my new list by H, and he's still 100% sold on Isla. I guess I did a really good job when I pitched that one to him. :) All things considered, I really like Edith Isla. It took some pushing to get H to agree to Edith, so I think I'll just force myself to stop over-thinking and be happy with our baby girl's name. I love names, and have mostly enjoyed the process of choosing this one, so it's tough to stop analyzing!

April 15, 2014 6:33 PM

Well, if you like Isla and he likes Isla, then it doesn't matter what I think. :D Seems like our guys have found the perfect name. :)

April 15, 2014 9:08 PM

I really like Edith, and Edie is adorable!  I happen to be a fan of the "old lady" and "old man" names.  

I also really like Isla, but I agree that they aren't ideal together.  The flow of 2 syllables followed 2 syllables isn't great, especiallly with the emphasize on the 1st syllable in both names.  I also find that the ending "th" runs into the start of Isla in a way I don't find pleasing.  It's too much of a stop when I say it naturally.  When I try to say it with less of a stop, the names run into each other-Edithisla.

Edith Simone

Edith Fiona

Edith Maeve

Edith Margot

Edith Rose

Edith Sophie

Edith Vivienne


April 16, 2014 1:19 PM

Edith Veronica

Edith Theresa

Edith Elise

Edith Anne

Edith Jayne


April 24, 2014 12:55 PM

I met a 2 year old Edith last year. I will admit, at first the name gave me pause. She did not look like an Edith -- which by most is considered old lady in a frumpy way. Very similar to Agnes, Ethel, Gladys, etc. but I like that you acknowledge that rather than deny it. 

Then it grew on me and now I can see it on a young child. Still hard to imagine a pretty teenage girl answering to Edith though... or a woman in her 20s, but once I meet one I'm sure that will change! Now I am starting to love names like Edith - Gretta is a current favorite. 

For a middle name I would look at your family trees. Edith is a vintage name so it would lend itself well to honoring a person you love in your family. I always prefer a middle name with some real meaning rather than just sounding good. But that's just me, I think a name is more than just a name!

A vintage flower name would be lovely. Edith Daisy, Edith Magnolia, for example. I do like the sound of Edith Isla, but Isla always reminds me of Island so it makes the two not go well together in my mind. Edith Elisabeth just sounds "right" to me, or something like Edith Cathleen. It's up to you! 

April 25, 2014 5:21 PM

I agree with others that Edith Isla seems to run together. I also agree with the suggestion of looking at family names, including any last  names. Using surnames as first names is a modern trend, so you may find that you like it with a more old fashioned name like Edith. 

Some suggestions, if that does not work out:

Edith Isley (close to Isla, but it doesn't blend the same way)

Edith Mae

Edith Rae

Edith Talia

Edith Brinley/Brinlee/Brinleigh

Edith Quinn

Edith Sophia

Edith Grace

Edith Myla (again similar to Isla)

Edith Autumn

Edith Kate

Edith Audrey

I hope this helps:) I'm having a tough time right now choosing names myself! Best wishes!


April 29, 2014 8:17 PM

My name is Edith and growing up I've always loved my name! I've never felt like it's an old lady's name nor has anyone ever pointed that out. I only heard that once I started reading baby name forums. I've always liked being called edie but I mostly go by just Edith. Here are a few things t I like about it:

 - It's a strong name

  - I never had anyone in my class, or school, with that name. 

  - No one could ever rhyme my name with anything, therefore, I never got teased.

  - I'm 19 now and I always felt that my name suited me at any age. 

  - It's easy to spell and read.

My mn is Veronica which I also really like and the meanings of both my names go very well together. I think Edith is a great name for your daughter. If you love it, go with it! She'll love it too. 

Now, as for her mn I think Edith Isla sounds very pretty. I liked the suggestions of Margot and Harper as well. What about Edith Delilah, Edith Eileen, or Edith Emmeline? A regular customer where I worked used to call me Edith Anne. That has a pretty ring to it too.

May 1, 2014 4:45 PM

Thank you all so much for the comments and suggestions! Especially you, Edie, it's great to hear from a real-life Edith. :) I've tossed around a few other middle name suggestions that I think flow better, but H is completely sold on Isla. Since Edith/Edie was my pick, and I do love the name Isla, it's just the blend that bothers me, we've decided to make Edith Isla official! It doesn't flow perfectly, but I think it's a lovely, unexpected name. Cannot wait to meet our little Edith! 

May 1, 2014 5:49 PM

And that's what naming a child is all about--finding common ground! I think it's a lovely name. Not ideal flow, but if they both have meaning and love in them, so much the better. :-)

May 5, 2014 1:35 AM

It's a beautiful name! Congratulations! Once you meet her and she starts to settle in to your life and her name I'm sure you won't be able to imagine her with any other name combo. It will become her. (Hugs) :)