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PronouncedPron.A-də-layd English
a-de-LIE-de Italian
ə-də-LIED Portuguese

Meaning & History

From the French form of the Germanic name Adalheidis, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and heid "kind, sort, type". It was borne in the 10th century by Saint Adelaide, the wife of the Holy Roman emperor Otto the Great. The name became common in Britain in the 19th century due to the popularity of the German-born wife of King William IV, for whom the city of Adelaide in Australia was named in 1836.
DiminutivesAda, Addie, Addy, Della English Ada Italian
Other Languages & CulturesAdalheidis, Adelais Ancient Germanic Alisa Bosnian Alícia Catalan Heidi Danish Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida, Elke Dutch Aliisa, Alisa, Alli, Heidi Finnish Adélaïde, Alice, Alix, Alison French Elke Frisian Adelheid, Ada, Alida, Elke, Heida, Heidi German Aliki, Kiki Greek Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Alida, Alíz Hungarian Ailís Irish Alise Latvian Aalis Medieval French Heidi Norwegian Adelajda, Alicja, Ada Polish Alisa Russian Aileas Scottish Alica Slovak Adelaida, Alicia Spanish Alicia, Heidi Swedish Alisa Ukrainian Alis Welsh
Same SpellingAdélaïde
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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute