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Gender Female
Meaning rich friend
Other names
Related names Edwin

The name Edwina is the female version of the male name Edwin, which derives from Old English and means "rich friend." Edwin was a popular name until the time of the Norman Conquest, then fell out of favor until Victorian times.


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Edwina "Ed" McDunnough, in the movie Raising Arizona, played by Holly Hunter
  • Edwina Brown, in the film National Velvet (1944), played by Angela Lansbury
  • Edwina Chicken, a minor character in the film Chicken Run (2000)
  • Edwina Cutwater, in the film All of Me (1984), played by Lily Tomlin
  • Edwina Dunn, on the soap opera EastEnders
  • Edwina Ferguson, in the M*A*S*H episode "Edwina"
  • Edwina Lewis, on the soap opera One Life to Live
  • Edwina Lionheart, played by Diana Rigg in the film Theatre of Blood
  • Edwina Moira, in the Thief computer game series
  • Edwina Monsoon, though changed to Edina, the main character of the BBC television series Absolutely Fabulous played by Jennifer Saunders
  • Edwina Richese, in the novel Dune: House Atreides
  • Edwina Spoonapple, in the musical Dear Edwina
  • Edwina Winston, on The Simpsons (former lover of Abraham Simpson)
  • Edwina Fulton, in the movie Monkey Business played by Ginger Rogers (1952)