The name Edith ranked 601st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 117th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
Edith was commonly used by the Anglo-Saxon royalty of ancient Britain. Because of its association with a number of highly revered Christian saints, it survived the Norman Conquest of 1066, which introduced many French-derived names that dominate the English-speaking world to this day.
The elegant associations of this name were enhanced by the reputation of British stage legend Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976). Among Americans, however, the name may call to mind the simple, big-hearted, old-fashioned ways of Edith Bunker, a character played by Jean Stapleton on television's All in the Family from 1971 to 1979.