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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 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 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
It's short for Adelina.
-- gio2475  5/26/2008
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
In Turkish "Ada" means "island".
-- MissShamu  3/14/2016

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