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See also: eden and éden


Etymology 1[edit]

From Hebrew עדן (eden), perhaps from Sumerian e-den "Steppe, garden".


Proper noun[edit]


  1. (biblical) A garden built by God as the home for Adam and Eve; sometimes identified as part of Mesopotamia
  2. (by extension) A paradise on Earth; a state of innocence
  3. Various place names
  4. An English surname, probably derived from a place name.
    • 1896, H G Wells, The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham
      It was no good. I felt beyond all question that I was indeed Eden, not Elvesham. But Eden in Elvesham's body!
  5. A female given name from the biblical place name; also a medieval diminutive of Old English compound names beginning with the element ēad (riches).
    • 1986 Barbara Vine ( =Ruth Rendell): A Dark-Adapted Eye: page 35:
      We call Edith Eden now because that is what she called herself before she could pronounce 'th'. It is rather a lovely name, I think. Edith sounds like someone's old aunt. I can't think why Mother and Father chose it.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Celtic meaning "Great river".

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A river in Cumbria, England, which passes Carlisle and empties into the Solway Firth.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. Alternative spelling of Eeden