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Etymology 1[edit]

From Hebrew עֵדֶן (eden), perhaps from Sumerian 𒂔 (edin, 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. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Any of various towns and other place names.
    1. A city/town in Idaho.
    2. A census-designated place in Maryland.
    3. A village in Mississippi.
    4. A town in New York.
    5. A city in North Carolina.
    6. A town/village in South Dakota.
    7. A city in Texas.
    8. A census-designated place in Utah.
    9. A town in Vermont.
    10. One of two towns and a village in Wisconsin.
    11. A census-designated place in Wyoming.
Derived terms[edit]


Eden (countable and uncountable, plural Edens)

  1. (by extension, countable) A paradise on Earth.
  2. (by extension, uncountable) A state of innocence.

Etymology 2[edit]

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A river in Cumbria, England, which passes Carlisle and empties into the Solway Firth.
  2. A river in Kent, England, which flows into the Medway; the name is a back-formation of Edenbridge.
  3. A river in Fife, Scotland, which flows into the North Sea.
  4. Eden Water in the Scottish Borders, which flows into the River Tweed.



Proper noun[edit]


  1. Alternative spelling of Eeden


Inflection of Eden (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative Eden
genitive Edenin
partitive Edeniä
illative Edeniin
singular plural
nominative Eden
accusative nom. Eden
gen. Edenin
genitive Edenin
partitive Edeniä
inessive Edenissä
elative Edenistä
illative Edeniin
adessive Edenillä
ablative Edeniltä
allative Edenille
essive Edeninä
translative Edeniksi
abessive Edenittä