Meaning of the Girl’s Enid

Originating from Welsh, the meaning of Enid is “soul” or “life.” Conversely, in Celtic the meaning of Enid is Spirit. As far as characteristics associated with the name, there are many but mostly, the person with the name Enid, ‘walks to the beat of a different drummer’ unhampered by tradition. In addition, the name Enid is connected with ‘spotless purity’ and embodies all that is noble and true in womanhood.


Enid. The popularity of the Enid name was spurred on as a result of the book by Alfred Tennyson, “Idylls of the King” published between 1859 and 1885. In it, the story centers on the Arthurian Legend of the knight Geraint and his wife, Enid. The name seemed to rise in popularity around the 1890’s and peak around the 1920’s, mostly in Britain. It seemed to have made a ‘comeback’ of sorts in 2012 and again in 2014 and making it to number 204 of American popular names in 2015.

In 2013, it was not in the 100 most popular baby girls’ names in Wales.

Famous People with the 1st Name Enid

  • Notable women with the name Enid include:
    Enid Blyton – the award winning author of children’s books which included the ‘Famous Five‘ and ‘Noddy‘.
  • Enid Bennett – Australian silent film actress
  • Enid Collins – American handbag designer

Useful Resources

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