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I love this name. It's classic without being overused. I like the nickname Ada with it. (yes I know Add and Aid don't sound the same)
autumncallalilys  1/2/2005
I love this name, it will always be one of my favorites. Its a pretty name no matter what language it is pronounced in French, English or German.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2005
A gorgeous, regal, and sophisticated name - one of my very favorites.
Lauracer  5/29/2005
Adelaide is a very pretty name. It is one of my all time favorite girl names. It is classy, beautiful, and mysterious.
angelgurl  7/3/2005
A beautiful, regal sounding name.
wefrox  12/3/2005
The character Adelaide of Guys and Dolls is a famous bearer. When I think of this name, I think of that character: loud, not very bright, but cute!
Riley115  12/29/2005
I've had no end of compliments to the unusual and uncommon use of my name. People have also described me as regal, beautiful and noble, only then for me to discover the true meaning of my name. It really is an honour to be named Adelaide and served to get me out of the stickiest and most unpleasant situations just by the discussion around my name. I just simply love it.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2006
Adelaide is Australia's fifth largest city and capital of the South Australia territory.
garethbutler  1/28/2006
Adelaide is actually the capital of the state of South Australia, Australia (it is not a territory at all!)
The city itself was named after Queen Adelaide and was the only Australian city not colonised with prisoners from England.
― Anonymous User  12/3/2006
This is completely wrong - Australia's capital city of Canberra and the vast majority of Australian cities and towns - like Melbourne and Darwin - did not use convict labour. Many regions weren't even settled by Europeans until after convict transportation to Australia was banned on the east coast in the 1840s and the west in the 1860s.

The Colony of South Australia, did however ban the use of convict labour from its founding - as it was too close to slavery for the settlers' 'Enlightenment ideals' - so Adelaide can make that claim.
Willandra  10/23/2008
Adelaide is a beautiful name. I love it with the nickname Addie - one of my favourites.
bschoer10  2/9/2006
I do really like this name, but I dislike the inevitable nickname "Addy". So I may never be able to use it myself. Still, it's so cute - and seems like the name of the moment, the one everyone's talking about.
Pheadirean  8/1/2006
I used to hate this, but now I think it's a great name!
claraelizabethann  8/27/2006
It sounds like a name I could really LOVE - but I'm in Australia and I've just known it as a city name my whole life and can't get past that, like Sydney. Depressing, really.
Luthien  10/15/2006
I find this name to be quite a mouthful.
― Anonymous User  10/31/2006
It reminds my mother of a fat, German child with braids and a schnitzel.
nothingshortoftragic  12/12/2006
This name sounds like lemonaid!
Taydbug112  12/15/2006
As someone previously mentioned, this is a "name of the moment", as is apparent by its prominent use in fan fiction and original fiction of the same caliber. Please don't name your daughter this, because it is likely to become the "Ashley" of this generation.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2006
This name becoming the next "Ashley" is about as unlikely as Millicent or Hildegard. The misused Madison or Addison are perfect fad examples and would be more appropriate to use in place of Adelaide.
― Anonymous User  1/14/2007
I am annoyed that this name seems so popular, as I have always loved it as an unusual name. Still, it won't stop me continuing to enjoy it!
― Anonymous User  1/25/2007
Adelaide is my top name for a daughter right now, with the nickname Del.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2007
I love it, it's such a pretty name for a little girl and wouldn't sound odd when she grew into a woman either. I can see elderly women with the name Adelaide too.
Laurisgirl  3/14/2007
I have a little girl named Adelaide. Though I worried people would be confused by such an old fashioned, uncommon name, I couldn't have been more wrong! People may be a little surprised by the name, but a good number of people were pleasantly surprised at the revival of a name with deep roots in their own family tree! There are also a good deal of nicknames to make such a mouthfull of a name kiddie friendly - Addie, Adda(or Ada or Adah), Della, even Lady. There is something to be said for a strong, old fashioned name. Adelaide will work well from childhood through to old age. And with such a beautiful meaning, I am not surprised to see it reappear on the top 1000 list.
Then again, I am biased.
causegirl  3/14/2007
I went from really disliking this name to loving it. I don't really know why, it just began to slowly appeal to me over time. Very pretty name!
― Anonymous User  3/15/2007
I really love this name. Uncommon but it will never go out of style. I picture a very well educated and well spoken young lady. And I really love the nicknames Addie and Adel as well, they work great for a little girl. I would love to name one of my children this name (a girl because who would name a boy this).
― Anonymous User  4/9/2007
Even though it reminds me of lemonade, or Gatorade, I still think this name is pretty! Although I can see a girl named Adelaide getting the nickname Lemonade. Lol, that might be kinda cute, though.
Georgia_kh  4/12/2007
This name is gorgeous. I personally, would name my child this, but my mom says it sounds like marmalade.
― Anonymous User  4/17/2007
One of the contestants in the reality show about 20's vs. 40's women competing for a man, is named this.
goreab  6/26/2007
I liked the name but didn't figure we'd use it for a child, so we named our lab Adelaide. We didn't know until a few years later it meant noble. Boy does she fit her name to a T. I love this name, please don't be put off that I gave it to our dog. The name Adelaide is pleasant and musical the way it rolls off your tongue. It has good nicknames Ad or Addy/Addie. It's beautiful & strong yet light-hearted and playful. I'd give it to my kid now if I hadn't already given it to my dog.
goreab  6/26/2007
I used to dislike this name, but it's growing on me, it rolls off the toungue nicely, it's classic, pretty, and got some of the cutest nicknames ever! (Addy, Addie, Heidi, etc.)
spaz123  7/18/2007
I used to think this was a really old-fashioned, ugly name, but I think it's really cute now. I also love the nickname Lady, and that's just what I want my little girl to be, a lady.
tinydancer07  7/26/2007
It's beautiful. It would work excellent for a female who lives in that city and other places.
willyedge  8/11/2007
I think it's just a lovely name!
applemilk  8/17/2007
Well, I don't particularly like this name, myself. It doesn't really sound "classy" to me, more like someone whose parents are really not classy but think they are. And I agree that it is too popular.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2007
Not only a city in Australia but also a street in Toronto.
gasp  9/12/2007
I've always loved the name Adelaide and I had to name my daughter this. Over the years a bunch of nicknames has been given to her, Deedee, Lady, Addie, and even Heidi, but I always try and make a point to use her full name because I don't want to her to forget how beautiful it is.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2007
The band Anberlin has a song called Adelaide.
RahRie  10/29/2007
Apart from the media, I have never heard this name used. This is most likely different in comparison to other places. But I love this name to death, I think it's very eye-catching and beautiful. I'm just hoping it doesn't get too overused.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2007
Rachel Griffiths has a daughter named Adelaide Rose.
Anonymous Blogger  11/3/2007
Everytime I think of this name, I think of a scientist.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2007
The inventor of the poetry type called "cinquain" is named Adelaide Crapsey.
JungKyungSoon  12/9/2007
I used to only think of this name as Great-aunt Adelaide from Nanny McPhee, but when I saw all these comments and heart about the history of the name, it really grew on me. I'm definitely naming my future daughter this!
― Anonymous User  2/25/2008
Lemonade comes to mind when I hear this name.
jasmineenimsaj  3/7/2008
It's a fine name but I find it very fusty and lumpy. I like many old fashioned names but not this. I'm sick to death of seeing it all over baby name boards. It appears to be old lady favourite right now.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2008
I love the name Adelaide, and the possible nickname Addy. It seems to me very feminine and regal (as it reminds me of Queen Adelaide, wife of Britain's King William IV).
anya_kiki  4/25/2008
Sounds like an uppity and fat hen laying an egg while taking toast & marmalade for tea. No, give me Adele, Ada or Alice over this.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2008
This name is totally discusting I feel bad for every one with it!
― Anonymous User  7/17/2008
Adelaide Eliza Scott Ironside (17 November 1831 - 15 April 1867) was an Australian artist. Adelaide was successful in Rome and London, and represented New South Wales at the London Great Exhibition of 1862.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2008
I think that this is a beautiful name. It's not overused either!
number1212  11/1/2008
Oh I so love this name! I had a friend in college named Adelaide and my first impression of the name was that it was quite "old-fashioned." We named our dog this (yes, I posted earlier) years before we planned to have children. She is 9 years old and I must say I absolutely adore the name more now than ever. It is very fresh and sing-songy. Please name your daughter this, I so wish I could, but I don't think I shall name her after our dog! lol!
mom2zeke  11/1/2008
Adelaide stands for

Beautiful name. :)
Dragon_Clarinet  11/10/2008
Love it, classy, different. I don't find this dated, it's very lovely.
emmiix3  1/20/2009
I can't help thinking I'd hate having "laid" in my name.

I think some people shorten this to "laidy" which I think is even more pretentious and silly than the full name itself.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2009
I have loved this name ever since I first heard of it. Adelaide has such a noble, graceful, feminine sound, and instantly brings to mind a beautiful, Arthuresque maiden. I look forward to meeting many little girls named Adelaide.
ningyorose  3/30/2009
A truly beautiful name. Definitely one of my top choices for a daughter. For a nickname, I would call her Adele. I hope it doesn't become too popular, because that would ruin it.
meggsxx3  4/15/2009
Adelaide has been my favorite girl name for 2 years now. I literally fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! My first-born daughter will be named Adelaide. Likely Adelaide Mary, shortened to Adah (ah-dah) sometimes. I just hope the name doesn't keep jumping in popularity like it has been doing these past couple of years.
southernbrighteyes  6/27/2009
I am commenting again just to express my feeling a bit more. I find Adelaide elegant, beautiful, and utterly endearing. I think it would be the most adorable thing on a little baby girl and young child, and would age superbly into the teenage and adult years. Very classy and beautiful, my biggest requirements of my favorite names! This name is also my dear boyfriend's favorite as well :) How lucky! Our first daughter will definitely be Adelaide.
southernbrighteyes  6/27/2009
I quite like this name, and I would use Adele as a nickname. I live in Adelaide, South Australia and it's a pretty city to match the name.
Heidi27  7/5/2009
Man, will you look at those popularity charts! Zoom!

Nice name though.
blaaarg  7/12/2009
How about Heidi as a nickname?
910  9/22/2009
Also used in Portuguese, pronounced a-də-LIED. It's an uncommon name, I only know of one person named this.
mellon.collie  12/4/2009
One of my favourite girls names; it's so beautiful. I've named a character in a novel I'm writing this name.
amanda82  2/11/2010
I really like the name. I heard it in the movie "Anne of Avonlea" being the name of Morgan Harris' passed wife.
Liesl  2/11/2010
It's weird sounding. I don't know why but it makes me think of an alien. Also I think of Powerade, Gatorade and marmalade. But apart from that it's okay.
starz26  4/5/2010
Adelaide is my firstborn daughter's name (born in 2008). Although the name has been gaining some popularity, it came out of the blue for us, and we still haven't personally met another Adelaide. We call her Laidey, but most people call her by her full name or occasionally Addy. We have found it to be a delightful name, very melodic, unusual but not strange. However, those unfamiliar with the name often mishear it for Natalie, Adalay, or Adeline. I spent a lot of her first introductions saying things like, "Adelaide. Like Lemonade!" Also, it's fun to write, with lots of loops in cursive.
emroki  4/12/2010
This is a great name. I would have no qualms about naming my daughter this. If she didn't like to be called the full "Adelaide," she could be called "Addy," "Laidy," or even "Del" or "Della."
Jesussaves7193  6/18/2010
I'm sorry, but all I can think of when I hear this name is the city Adelaide. Since I don't like place names as baby names (don't get me started on Paris or Sydney), I don't like this name very much at all.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2010
I can't stand this name! I don't know why anyone would use it nowadays, when all it brings to mind is the Australian city (which is hardly Paris!)

I hate hearing it in period dramas and wish everyone would just use Adele or Adeline instead.
JJSkeete  7/30/2010
I think this name is simply beautiful. (And since I'm not Australian, the city Adelaida hardly comes to mind.) However, I dislike the nickname "Addie," and much prefer Ada as a nickname.
erb816  8/10/2010
At first I didn't like it, because it reminded me of lemonade. But now it's very beautiful.
Chrila96  9/16/2010
To be honest, I despise the English pronunciation. It sounds hideous.
― Anonymous User  11/2/2010
This is one of my favorite names. It's so beautiful!
Chrila96  11/10/2010
This was my favorite name before I was pregnant with my daughter. However, I could not get over the fact that it ends in "laide" which means ugly in French and ended up not choosing this name. I do think this is the most regal sounding name ever though.
Vergewaltiger  12/24/2010
Lovely name. It has a pleasant sound and a wonderful meaning, as well as a variety of cute nicknames. A solid 9/10.
Black_X  1/27/2011
I would like this name better without the D ending: if it were just "AD-ə-lay" instead of "AD-ə-layd". The second D feels clumsy to me, like an afterthought that only hardens and clutters up a perfectly charming name. There is a song called "Adalae" by The Pink Spiders. But I might spell it Adelae.
― Anonymous User  2/24/2011
Miss Adelaide from the musical "Guys and Dolls"!
― Anonymous User  3/15/2011
Beethoven wrote a beautiful song, "Adelaide," set to a poem by Friedrich von Matthisson. (It uses the German pronunciation of the name, of course.)
― Anonymous User  3/27/2011
ADELAIDA is also used in Spanish.
ely_riverbank  4/17/2011
I LIVE in the city Adelaide, South Australia, so it's quite strange for me to hear people named Adelaide now, because all I think of is my hometown. I do think it was aptly named, though. Adelaide IS an elegant, laidback, beautiful city (no, I'm not biased at all! :P). Adelaide is a bit of an old-fashioned name in my opinion, and it's hard to imagine a young girl having it.
aussiejess  5/4/2011
All I see is "Ada Laid"... suggesting something sexual... "laying, laid, etc." Dear Ada, please don't!

-shrugs- My opinion.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2011
It's also a Portuguese name. [noted -ed]
theadiragram  8/18/2011
It is also an Italian name (though not common at all nowadays). The pronunciation is ah-de-LIE-de. [noted -ed]
presentperfect  9/12/2011
Whoever the person was who said that this name reminds them of the world lemon aid, needs to sort their life out.

This is a lovely and classic name especially when I visited France and Germany, so many girls had this name. So very feminine and pretty.
nevercontent  10/20/2011
I think Lady would be a cute nickname, and it would come about naturally.
willarose93  10/29/2011
This is on my personal name list! I absolutely love it. In my opinion, the name Adelaide is feminine and beautiful and it flows so nicely! I would love to use the nickname "Adie" as well. I could picture this name on a young child or an old woman because it carries so well throughout the years. Gorgeous!
ZoeRain  12/25/2011
Also used in Portuguese and pronounced a-de-LIED. [noted -ed]
mellon.collie  6/10/2012
Adelaide was the daughter of King Hugh Capet of France and his wife Adelaide.
CarolinW  6/13/2012
It's a nice name but... all I hear is lemonade...
LadyVanRaven  6/21/2012
Adelaide Eugenia Bankhead was the mother of American actress Tallulah Bankhead.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2012
The wife of King William IV of the United Kingdom was named Adelaide.
LadyVanRaven  9/15/2012
Pretty, classic name with lots of nicknames, what more could you want? It's also pretty uncommon these days, though not unheard of. It makes the childish, trendy, and masculine "Addison" sound like a joke. It's so elegant, and it reminds me of a southern woman for some reason :)
― Anonymous User  2/23/2013
I think Adelaide is a beautiful name. I think it's very regal, elegant, and timeless. A little girl could go by Addie, but it's still cute as Adelaide, and I think the name can suit any age. It just sounds very beautiful and delicate. It reminds me of lace. However, I think this might be better as a middle name because I knew a girl named Adelaide, and everyone called her "lemonade". Alot of her teachers didn't know how to pronounce it either. This way, if she likes "Adelaide" she can go by Adelaide, but if she does not she won't have to suffer years of being called "Lemonade".
avengingangelx3  6/17/2013
As so many others have already said: regal, elegant, classic, beautiful. This name is just perfect.
Alexanna  6/22/2014
I'm probably alone on this, but this name is just so goddamn UGLY. I would much rather name my child Alison or Alyssa than this.
Hussien  6/25/2014
I don't really know what to think of this name other than the fact that if makes me THIRSTY. It sounds like marmalade, lemonade, and Gatorade. Adelaide sounds like a company name rather than a name for a person. I prefer the name "Adeline" over Adelaide.

Anyway, Adelaide is unique and has many pretty nickname options like Addy, Ada, and Adele.
Lucia Wren  7/11/2014
We named our daughter Adelaide. I can assure you it is NOT a popular name. In the past 9 years, we have run across one other person with this name. Interestingly the other Adelaide was the same age and even had the same middle name as my daughter. The other Adelaide was named after her grandmother. This is a very classic, old-fashioned name, and (in my opinion) shouldn't be compared with trendy names like Madison, Addison, etc. Personally, I'm not overly fond of the nickname Addy, simply because it is so overused by the Addisons and Adelines of the world, so I usually choose to call my daughter by her full name of Adelaide. I would not pair it with a long last name, however.

After we chose the name, we learned that one of the derivatives is Alice, which was my mother's name, (She died when I was a teenager.)

We also considered the name Adeline, but opted for Adelaide because Adeline sounded like "add-a-line" and reminded us of the 1930's song "Sweet Adeline."

So far, we have never heard anyone tease my daughter about her name in ANY way, so if you're considering using this name, you can ignore those who say your child will get called marmalade, lemonade, Gatorade, etc. My daughter frequently receives compliments from people who love her name.
BusyMama  12/27/2014
I originally hated this name, but now I think it's beautiful. I especially like the nickname "Addie".
Ali Hassan  2/16/2015
I first heard this name in the film "Guys and Dolls" (1955) and I've loved it since then. Very pretty.
― Anonymous User  3/15/2015
My name is Adelaide and I do agree with some of the comments; my name is very pretty.

My mother is of Russian-Polish descent & my father is of Italian-French, Austrian descent with English ancestry. My father had always loved the name, considering that it was a name that was possessed by many nobles. My mother personally loved it because of a French painter and an English poet.

I love my name considering that there are infinite names and sobriquets to shorten Adelaide to. I commonly go by Alice, (which was my parents second choice for a name), which then is shorten to Ice. For most part, I answer to the nicknames Heidi, Alice, and sometimes, by my grandparents: Ethel.

Adelaide is a beautiful name. Borne by nobles, artists, poets and actresses, the name has a rich and regal history-something that should be explored by young girls.
Cvllide  3/24/2015
I've always hated the name Adelaide. It just sounds so gross and boring I can't even stand it.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2015
I've always liked Adelaide and given how many positive comments there are, I'm kind of surprised that you don't see or hear this name more often. I would definitely consider using it if I had a daughter.
TheArtemisMoon  7/9/2015
We have almost two year old twin girls named Adelaide and Cordelia. I love the names together or on their own, everyone always complements on how beautiful their names are. I think the names are uncommon but still familiar enough for people to spell and say correctly. There are many options for nick names, right now we still use Adelaide's full name or sometimes we call her "Little Lady". I am sure she or her friends will come up with a short form of her name in the future. For our girls I really like the names together, we didn't want two names starting with the same letter or names that rhymed but still wanted the names to have the same "feel". After we had picked Adelaide and Cordelia we saw that the last five letters in each of their names are the same just rearranged, maybe that is why to us they sound the same but different. For Adelaide we chose a short middle name, Lynn which was her grandma's middle name.

On a side note there is a character in the Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman named Adelaide.
KateM  8/8/2015
I really love the name Adelaide. This name is so beautiful. :)
― Anonymous User  10/18/2015
This is my middle name and I've often wished I went by it! Though I am, of course, biased, I think it's beautiful. I go back and forth on whether I like the nickname Addy/Addi/Addie or not. It's a nice change of pace from Addison. I prefer Adelaide over Adeline or Addison- it sounds slightly more sophisticated without sounding stuck-up. I also absolutely love that despite it being very uncommon, it's very easy to understand phonetically. My first name is uncommon and impossible to pronounce, so trust me, it does make a difference.
IWantTubalieve  2/14/2016
I like the name Adelaide, especially because it makes me think of the character from the musical Guys and Dolls (Adelaide, Adelaide, Ever-lovin' Adelaide), but I've just come across the alternate spellings Adalaide, Adelaid, Adalaid and Addalaide. That just doesn't work.
Half-Blood Princess  3/13/2016
I've always found this name to be lyrical, sweet, mature, and pretty. It has a multitude of good nicknames -- Addie, Ada, Heidi, Ally, Lady -- and it's not common at all, so you won't have to worry about a kid Adelaide being one of several in her class. I recommend it strongly, and while I don't want it to get too popular, I hope it becomes just a smidge more well-known.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
Such a pretty name, I love it! It's elegant but still youthful.
Sania01  7/22/2016
I think it's a beautiful name. The first thing that comes to mind is lemonade.
flamingrubyred  9/8/2016
Adelaide is an absolutely beautiful name. If you like the name but don't wish to be referred to the Australian city sometimes, consider using the spelling "Adelayde."
Both spellings sound and look gorgeous and sound good for both young and older people.
― Anonymous User  11/5/2016
Adelaide of Savoy (or Adelaide of Maurienne) (Italian: Adelaide di Savoia or Adelasia di Moriana, French: Adélaïde or Adèle de Maurienne) (1092 – 18 November 1154) was the second spouse but first Queen consort of Louis VI of France.
Aledis  7/31/2017
I love this name, without any weird spellings. Personally, I kinda prefer it pronounced A-dah-lied (lah-eed? Laeed?) but a-dah-laid is cool too!
mememan28  10/5/2017
Adelaide was a name before a city, not the other way around. I love Adelaide Grace or Adelaide Elisabetta.
XironDarkstar  11/12/2017
Some duchess in Versaille had this name too. I remember seeing it on a painting while visiting there.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2018
Adelaide is such a classy and elegant name, like its meaning!
Kitandkat  3/26/2018

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