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PronouncedPron.HIE-dee GermanEnglish
HAY-dee Finnish

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.
VariantsAda, Alida, Heida German
Other Languages & CulturesAdalheidis, Adelais Ancient Germanic Alisa Bosnian Alícia Catalan Adelheid, Aleid, Aleida, Alida, Elke Dutch Adélaïde, Alice, Alix, Alison French Elke Frisian Aliki, Kiki Greek Adelaida, Aliz, Ada, Alida, Alíz Hungarian Ailís Irish Adelaide, Alice, Ada Italian Alise Latvian Aalis Medieval French Adelajda, Alicja, Ada Polish Adelaide, Alice, Alícia Portuguese Alisa Russian Aileas Scottish Alica Slovak Adelaida, Alicia Spanish Alisa Ukrainian Alis Welsh


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Entry updated September 1, 2013   Contribute