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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

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