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According to "The Book of Scottish Names" by Iain Zaczek (ISBN 1 90311620 1), Ada is an ancient name of Germanic routes, stemming from 'adal' - meaning 'noble' which was introduced to Scotland by the Normans. It has been used throughout the centuries, especially during the Middle Ages.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2005
Also an ancient Greek name. Ada was the daughter of Ekatomnos from Karia.
Damis  3/3/2005
Ada is the name of Nicole Kidman's character in the film Cold Mountain.
skywalker  7/3/2005
Ada means noble, and happiness.
SeaShellClub  8/11/2005
In Old Jewish it means "adornment". The name was popular in Russia in the first half of 20th century. My mother's name (she was born in 1933) is Ada.
Leonid Dzhepko  8/22/2005
My grandmother's name is Ada, which is a short form of Adriana. So it is not only a pet form of Adelaide.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2005
When pronounced 'AH-duh,' the name is Hebrew in origin, meaning 'beautiful ornament.'
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Ada is also a short for Alexandra. I know three Alexandras whose short usage is Ada.
Sayae  2/8/2006
Ada means "uselessness" in Japanese.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2006
Ada means "island" in Turkish.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2006
I year ago I would have said 'What an old lady name! I hate it!'. I read a book that had this name on a girl about my age, and I like it a lot now.
claraelizabethann  8/27/2006
Ada was one of the wives of Lemeh from Genesis: "Ada and Zila, hear my voice, wives of Lemeh, hear my words".
judithf  10/25/2006
I believe the similar biblical name is spelt 'Adah'. I may be mistaken though, as I'm not a great reader of the Good Book. ;)
Beornhild  12/6/2006
Ada Negri (February 3, 1870, Lodi, Italy - January 11, 1945, Milano) was an Italian poet.

She was born of an artisan family, and became a village school-teacher. Her first book of poems, Tempeste (1891), tells the helpless tragedy of the forsaken poor, in words of vehement beauty.
sweetbabe  1/24/2007
In Catalonia, we say A-da.
Laia05  2/22/2007
I love love LOVE this name, but I unfortunately, as the reverse to "Adam and Steve", at anti-lesbian protests and rallies they say "Adam and Eve, not Ada and Eve!", and I don't want to be perceived as anti-gay, though that's probably just me being paranoid and too politically correct.
TheLastMontague  4/2/2007
Ada Clare is a character in Charles Dicken's novel "Bleak House."
― Anonymous User  4/16/2007
Ada is the name of the mute woman played by Holly Hunter in the film "The Piano".
littlescarlett  4/24/2007
Also used in Romania. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  7/7/2007
I know of a gorgeous 5-year-old named Aderyn-Jane, and Ada is one of her nicknames. Another is Addy, which I think can be a cute pet name for Ada. :)
― Anonymous User  7/9/2007
Actually, I used to be with a girl called so and all that applied to the name, applied to her: 100% feminine, mature, delicate and strong at once, refined. And sensual, should be added. I love the name, as it contains it all. Pity it's not as popular as it was in the beginning of the XXth century.
greylord  8/23/2007
One of more famous bearers of the name (at least in Poland) was Polish opera singer, Ada Sari. It was her pseudonym, but still.
greylord  8/23/2007
Ada Wong from the "Resident Evil" video games.
FMRadio  5/12/2008
It sounds quite great-gradmotherly at the moment, but who knows, maybe it will become popular again? It's actually a pretty name, and it suits children and adults alike. I like the fact that it's so short, only three letters, and still doesn't sound too minimalist. It's not one of my favorites, but I sure wouldn't talk you out of using it.
slight night shiver  5/14/2008
It's short for Adelina.
gio2475  5/26/2008
NO NO NO! Terrible name, I wouldn't enflict it upon a gerbil.
GoGoFanFan  8/9/2008
Ada Isaacs Menken (1835-68) was a famous American actress and poet. In some sources her name is spelled Adah.
Jonquil  8/31/2008
It was also used in Italy in the first years of the 20th century: it was the 9th most popular name in Rome in 1901, the 8th in 1916. Today it is hardly ever used. [noted -ed]
presentperfect  12/19/2008
The Italian pronunciation is AH-dah.
presentperfect  12/19/2008
Ada is also an Indian name, more Urdu, I think. It means 'style'.
aquariusveni  12/27/2008
Ada is so short, frumpy, and plain - I'd spurn Ada in favour of the beautiful name Adara!
Jonquil  4/16/2009
Ada is a central character in the novel Ada or Ardor. She is also a heroine in Dan Simmons' sci-fi novels Ilium and Olympos.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2009
The German pronunciation is the same as the Polish one: AH-dah.
mafiosa  8/6/2009
The name of a character in Vladimir Nabokov's 'Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle' and the name of a song by The National.
dollrock  9/16/2009
Ada is smart and underused.
lucyskydiamonds  1/17/2010
In the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially The Lord of the Rings, the Elvish word for "Father" is "Ada" (ah-dah). Of the dialects of his language, the origin of this word is Sindarin. Most namely it was spoken by Arwen in "The Two Towers" to her father, Elrond.

Elrond: "A I'm ú-'erin veleth lîn?"
(pronounced: Ah eem oo-air-een veh-leth leen?)
Translation: "Do I not also have your love?"

Arwen: "Gerich meleth nîn, Ada."
(pronounced: Gare-ikh mehl-ehth neen, ah-dah.)
Translation: "You have my love, father."

Tolkien's Elvish is not one that is a complete language, which means that in-depth conversations are not a reality. Regardless, I, and others, have learnt enough to speak whatever possible.
Francesca  8/5/2010
This is one of my current favorite names. It has an endearingly quirky feel, which I think the similar-sounding and super popular 'Ava' lacks.

Also, Ada Lovelace? Pretty cool.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2010
Pretty enough, but a bit short and plain as a full name. A wonderful pet form of Adelaide, however.
DaphneSusan  10/14/2010
I love this name. It's gorgeous and is used in many languages. It's generally very easy to pronounce, and can work on both a child and an adult. Plus the famous bearers, like computing visionary Ada Lovelace, make this a very respectable name.
K.G Valentina  2/6/2011
Not the most elegant name there is, but its still nice :) it's loads more classic and original than "Ava", that's for sure! I much prefer Ada to Ava personally (when it's pronounced aid-a, which I think is the more common English pronunciation).
Oohvintage  2/23/2013
Ada is also the German spelling of the Biblical name Adah.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2013
Ada means island in Turkish.
EUPHOORIA  5/2/2014
This is a nice, old fashioned name. Gorgeous and ages well. Needs to make a comeback. Certainly will fit in just fine with the top names of today. Sophia, Charlotte, Olivia, etc.
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
This is my name :D
Ada Fidelina
I like it.
lina_5459  9/15/2015
This name has started to be popular in Turkey recently. Muslim people generally give names to their children which have meaning. And with this context, there is no connection between other countries and Turkish people about the name "Ada". In Turkish language "Ada" means "island" which sounds cool. This name is a new modern female name in Turkey.
Herturluyazar  2/26/2016
In Turkish "Ada" means "island".
MissShamu  3/14/2016
My daughter's name is Ada, pronounced "Ay-da". It is short, but she has 4 middle names behind it, gifted at her birth by her older siblings and a friend. I just learned from this thread about the Turkish meaning "Island" and we live on an island, so it's perfect! She is a quirky, creative and brilliant girl like Ada Lovelace. Everyone we meet loves her name.
samwitchmv  8/19/2016
Ada may remind some Americans of ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act.
pukeko  12/13/2016
This name is short and simple, and has a great meaning and namesakes. It also is ageless. Overall, a wonderful name.
Slayer775  12/17/2016
In Poland, Ada is either a diminutive of Adriana/Adrianna or used on its own.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2017
This name means fairy in Spanish...
― Anonymous User  8/31/2017
I like this name a lot but it works best with a long middle name because it's so short, or you can extend to a name with this name included in the beginning so Ada would be a suitable nickname like Adalaide.
Sania01  9/20/2017
It's pretty. I think it's a bit short though. But I do think this could be an alternative to Ava. Ada seems like it would age better. Adalia is also pretty.
XironDarkstar  12/1/2017

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