Adelaide: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Adelaide
Origin of the name Adelaide:
Variant of the Germanic Adelheid (nobility), a compound name composed of the elements adal (noble) and heit (kind, sort): hence, "nobility."
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth-largest city in Australia, with a population of more than 1.1 million.
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My paternal grandmother is an Adelaide - she's exceptionally creative and witty.
My daughter's name is Adelaida as she was born in Mexico and we used the spanish version. It is beautiful when pronouned in spanish Ah-day-lie-dah. She goes by Ade, pronounced Ah-Day and she loves it. She is 14, creative, spunky, athletic (a level 7 gymnast) and is very sweet. It is an unusual name that suits her perfectly as an aspiring artist and fits her personality. She has liked having an unusual name and being the only one in school with that name all the way through to 8th grade and on through high school. She also likes Adele, but goes by Ade. I would reccommend Adelaida or Adelaide as I think it is lovely, usual and elegant.
My sister, Adelaide, doesn't go by any nicknames. She was named after our grandma, who I hear was very funny and kind.
My name is Adelaide and I'm 18. For so long I didn't know any other Adelaide's (which was good because I like having a unique name) but just recently a lot of people have started calling their babies Adelaide. I love my name! I think my parents have very good taste, it's sophisticated and old fashioned. My background is German and my parents tell me I was named after a German princess called Adelaide. Apparently the city in Australia was named Adelaide because Germans used to frequent there.
My niece who was born last spring is named Adelaide.
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Addie, Ladie, Della, Ada, Adel, Heidi (Heidi comes from Adelheid, the German form of Adelaide), Lay, Adele, Adelie, Leni (lay-nee), DD, Ads
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Adelaide is the English form of the German name "Adelheid". It means "nobility", and "kind".
The French form is Adélaïde, while the Spanish, Russian, and Hungarian form is Adelaida. The Polish form is Adelajda. The Icelandic form is Adalheidur (Aðalheiður).
Popularized by Queen Adelaide, (wife of England's King William IV) for whom the Australian city is named. She was a German princess, born Princess Adelheid of Saxe-Meiningen.
From the French form of the Germanic name Adalheidis, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and heid "kind, sort, type".
It was borne in the 10th century by Saint Adelaide, the wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great.
The name became common in Britain in the 19th century due to the popularity of the German-born wife of King William IV, for whom the city of Adelaide in Australia was named in 1836.
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Adelaide "Adele" Delgado Mara, American actress
Adelaide Louise Hall, American singer
Adelaide Chase, American painter
Adelaide Crapsey, American poet
Adelaide Bishop, American opera singer
Saint Adelaide of Italy (931-999)
Saint Adelaide (960-1015)
Saint Aleydis of Schaerbeek (a.k.a. Adelaide) (1204-1250)
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Adelaide, the female lead in the musical Guys and Dolls.
"Adelaide", a song by Beethoven (pronounced the German way)
"Adelaide", a song by the Old 97's.
"Adelaide", a song by Anberlin
Madame Adelaide from the Aristocats.
Adelaide Brooke, a spaceship captain and commander on Doctor Who
"Adelaide", a song by Ben Folds
Adelaide Langdon, character in American Horror Story