GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: HIE-dee (German, English), HAY-dee (Finnish)   [key]
Meaning & History
German diminutive of ADELHEID. This is the name of the title character in the children's novel 'Heidi' (1880) by Johanna Spyri. The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation, which starred Shirley Temple.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Aleit (Low German), Ada, Aleida, Alida, Heida (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Adalheidis, Adelais, Adela, Adelina (Ancient Germanic), Alícia (Catalan), Adéla (Czech), Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida, Elke (Dutch), Adélaïde, Alice, Alix, Adèle, Adeline, Aline, Alison (French), Elke (Frisian), Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Adél, Alida, Alíz (Hungarian), Ailís (Irish), Adelaide, Alice, Ada, Adele, Adelina, Alina (Italian), Alise (Latvian), Aalis (Medieval French), Adelajda, Alicja, Ada, Adela (Polish), Adelaide, Alice, Alícia, Adelina, Aline (Portuguese), Adela, Adelina, Alina (Romanian), Alisa (Russian), Aileas (Scottish), Alica (Slovak), Adelaida, Alicia, Adela, Adelia, Adelina (Spanish), Adelita (Spanish (Latin American)), Alis (Welsh)
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