The name Adelaide has been around since the SSA began recording names in 1880. It comes from the German "Adalheidis" which is composed of the elements "adal" meaning "Noble" and "heid" meaning "kind, sort, type." Some variations that stem from the same root word as Adelaide are Alicia, Alice, Heidi, Alix, Alise and Allison. Diminutives include Ada, Addie, Addy, and Della.
The name Adelaide was borne in the 10th century by Saint Adelaide, the wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great. She was known as "a marvel of beauty and goodness."
In the 19th century, the name became common in Britain due to the popularity of the German-born wife of Britain's King William IV, "Good Queen Adelaide." The city of Adelaide, Australia was named in 1836 after her. So this name not only means "noble" but it has two historical figures who were widely regarded as "good."
Let's look at the numbers! Before the name's modern spike in popularity, the year with the most number of births was 1917 with 537 births which ranked the name at #268 on the Top 1000 chart of its time. Adelaide has only had two popularity spikes, the first starting around 1912 and lasting until it declined in the mid 1920s.
The name Adelaida mirrors the stats of Adelaide very closely during the latter half of the 20th century. In 2013, it still remains greatly undiscovered with only 37 births, ranking the name at #3968. I'd recommend this lovely alternate over the fast-climbing name Adelaide. The Spanish pronunciation of Ah-dehl-lie-dah is beautiful!
I suspect that Adelaide name will continue gaining popularity. The nickname Addy has been extremely popular and now Adelaide offers it along with a classy sense of uniqueness.
What do you think of Adelaide? Would you ever consider the lovely Spanish variant Adelaida? Or perhaps one of the other variants that I listed that come from the same German root?
Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Caroline, Daphne, Evangeline, Lydia, Sophia, Victoria
Brothers: Andrew, Benjamin, Daniel, Jasper, Oliver, William
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First published: 6/28/13