(pronounced Ed-dah) my mother's name, after a character in Norse mythology (she has a saga named after her ) Quite uncommon here in Germany (and the rest of the world, I'd wager), although a few children were named Edda in the 40's

Edda is an Italian form of Hedda, which started out as a diminutive of Hedwig. Hedwig is derived from the Germanic elements hadu "battle" and wig , "war." Edda was moderately popular in the late 1800s in the USA where it was probably seen as a feminine form of Edward. On an unrelated note, the Eddas are Icelandic sagas which were recorded in the 13th century, though they take place much earlier.

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