Ada Name Meaning & Origin

Ada

Pronunciation: AY-də (key)

Origin of the name Ada:

Pet form of Adele (noble) and Adelaide (noble one), Ada is also a Germanic cognate of the biblical Adah (adornment) and an Ibo name meaning "first-born female."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Adah, Adair

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Nicknames for Ada

* A. Seriously, what other nickname could there be for a name with 3 letters!

* Ada-suffix. Like, "Ada-baby", "Ada-berry", "Ada-beta".

* My daughter's name is Ada, and people instantly rhyme her name with potato (obviously, the way we pronounce it is not with the "o" ending). Ada-potato has been shortened to Tater.

* I was named after my grandmother. She was called "Adie (Ay-dee)."

Meanings and history of the name Ada

* Ada (AH dah) is a Hebrew biblical name meaning "adornment". An English form of the name is Adah. Ada was the wife of Lamech and the mother of Jabal and Jubal. Another Ada was a wife of Esau and the daughter of Elon the Hittite. It can also be a short form of Adelaide, and is a West African name of obviously different etymology.

* Ada, Countess of Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron. She is famous for having written a description of Charles Babbage's early computer, the analytical engine, and its potential uses -- thus, she is known as the first computer programmer. A computer language is named after her.

* The Ada Gospels are dedicated to Charlemagne's sister Ada.

* Ada means island in Turkish.Not a common name but preferable if you love names about nature.

Famous real-life people named Ada

* Ada Duconge, better known as "Bricktop", legendary singer and nightclub owner; Cole Porter wrote "Miss Otis Regrets" especially for her.
* Ada Lovelace, first person to write a computer program, only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron
* Ada Yonath, Nobel Prize winning chemist
* ADA Isaacs Menken (born in 1835), Anglo-American actress and writer
* Ada Colau, mayor of Barcelona, and activist against inequality.

Ada in song, story & screen

* "Ada", 1961 film by Daniel Mann
* ''Ada, or Ardor'' (1969) by Vladimir Nabokov; Ada and her half-brother are involved in a life-long love affair.

* "Ada", song by indie rock band The National
* "Ada Potato" by Judith Caseley (children's picture book about bullies and violin playing)

* Ada Monroe, character in movie & novel Cold Mountain
* Ada McGrath, mute main character in the movie "The Piano" (1993, dir. Jane Campion), played by Holly Hunter
* Ada Wong, character from Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4
* Ada, a fictional Egyptian Mau kitty character in the story Adventure Wonders
* Ada Shelby - character in the tv series Peaky Blinders

* Numerous works about or based on Ada Lovelace, including:
** "Conceiving Ada", 1997 film by Lynn Hershman-Leeson. Tilda Swinton plays Ada Lovelace, who is a model and inspiration for Emmy Coer, the main character in the film.
** "The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency" series of children's books featuring Mary Wollstonecraft and Ada Lovelace as young sleuths

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