Given Name IDA

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: IED-ə (English), EE-da (German, Italian), EE-dah (Swedish, Danish, Dutch), EE-daw (Hungarian)  [details]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element id meaning "work, labour". The Normans brought this name to England, though it eventually died out there in the Middle Ages. It was strongly revived in the 19th century, in part due to the heroine in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Princess' (1847), which was later adapted into the play 'Princess Ida' (1884) by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Though the etymology is unrelated, this is the name of a mountain on the island of Crete where, according to Greek myth, the god Zeus was born.

Categories

actresses, civil rights, currently out of the US top 1000, Desperate Housewives characters, first ladies of the USA, literature, Married with Children characters, mountains, princesses, top 10 in Denmark, top 10 in Norway, top 10 in the US
VARIANTS: Idella, Idelle (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Iida (Finnish)
USER SUBMISSIONS: Ída, Ida

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 943
Entry updated July 2, 2017