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Ida is the main character in the video game, Monument Valley.
SeptemberOctober  6/18/2019
I'm from a small town in Appalachia. My folks were among the first settlers in America. The old timers claimed that the name "Ida" when put with "May", in place of Mary was to hide the line of Mary queen of Scots. Daniel Boone's people hid the name in "Ida-May" or Mae. The Irish pronounced it this way. Ida-May meant I'm the Mary. And so the Scots queen was hidden in every little girl called Ida. It was to throw the British off the trail, so that the true Mary, and the true queen would never be found. There's an old blue grass song called "Ida-Red". "Ida-Red" stands for "Ida-May". In the song, Ida-Red becomes Ida-blue and Ida-Green because this is what the Scots had to do to hide Mary's line in America. They changed the name, and hid it in so many families, stories, and songs, the true queen will never be found. We just use it these days to poke fun at the English!
Ida-Red  5/14/2019
This is the name of my book character uwu.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2019
I'm Ida, I like this name and thinking of giving it to my little girl. We're strong, wooh, hard working, very creative, caring wooo. You just need to know one Ida to understand.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2019
Also Latvian:
Frollein Gladys  3/19/2019
In 2018, 83 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ida who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 660th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
My mum is Norwegian and she wanted to call me Ida (EE-da) which I really like but we lived in England and she didn’t like the Eye-da pronunciation that would be used in England. I think Eye-da sounds very old fashioned but Ee-da is very pretty.
― Anonymous User  9/4/2018
This name sounds old fashioned.
kayisforkeen  8/12/2018
Name- Ida
■ Meaning - Earth; heaven; refreshment; Goddess of speech( Goddess Sarasvati) ;offerings; holy libation
■ Native script - इडा
■ Origin - Sanskrit, Indian, Hindi; Hinduism; Tamil; Telugu; Kannada; Malayalam.
― Anonymous User  4/17/2018
The name Ida was given to 131 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2018
I'm from Poland and my parents didn't know how to name me, they were looking in the calendar and found IDA. My grandmothers and aunts had a critical attitude to their idea but later I was quite liked as a girl. I was the only one everywhere, everybody remembered my name without repeating anymore (sometimes I introduced myself and after a while I was asked: okay, but what's your name). So far I haven't met any other Idas except this year during shopping some mother had around a 1 year old girl and she was talking to her: Ida, just a moment... I was very happy to meet a baby with my name. I haven't ever had any problems with any horrible nicknames at school. In Poland its pronounced i:da. Best wishes all Idas!
Ida1990  9/24/2017
Ida Josefin Peg Parnevik, better known as Peg Parnevik, is a Swedish singer, songwriter, and television personality, known for starring in the Swedish reality show Parneviks. Parnevik was born in Stockholm to professional golfer Jesper Parnevik and his wife Mia. She has three younger siblings; Penny, Philippa, and Phoenix and was raised in Jupiter, Florida in the United States. Her paternal grandfather is Swedish impersonator Bosse Parnevik. She attended The Pine School in Hobe Sound. She spent her freshman year of college at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She then briefly enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
cutenose  5/29/2017
Hungarian pronunciation: I-daw. [noted -ed]
HerculePoirot  7/22/2016
The name Ida was given to 159 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
I think it's a nice name, but I hate the English pronunciation. The European pronunciation sounds like a noble, dignified woman, while the English one makes me think of a hillbilly. (The English pronunciation always sounded very American to me even though it's pronounced the same way in the UK and Australia.) I can see why the name is still popular in Europe but considered outdated in the English-speaking world.
Buneary  5/1/2016
I believe it is a very elegant and sweet name suitable for both a girl and woman. I prefer the pronunciation of Ida here in Sweden (soft "EE-dah") over the English version though. It sounds quite dull and just wrong I'm afraid.
Melcher96  4/12/2016
Also Icelandic.
cutenose  3/19/2016
I was born on my great aunt Id's birthday and my paternal grandmother was named Ida.
No one had honored her in naming one of her 11 grandchildren. My mother was pressured and she named me Ida. In my teen years I hated the name, all those named Debbie, Cindy, and Lisa sounded so classy. Now I am so proud of my old name. No one ever forgets my name and I hope it stays unpopular because I love it.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2015

This name deserves more recognition.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2015
Ida is the main character in the game Monument Valley.
xgirl  5/16/2015
I have a one year old named Ida! I love traditional names and I think it's a beautiful, pretty and simple one. I really hope it doesn't become fashionable, although we haven't met any others yet. It's interesting to see how many origins and pronunciations there seem to be.
― Anonymous User  5/1/2015
Eye-duh or I-duh was my Great Aunts name. I'm waiting for a comeback!
LV51sfan91  4/30/2015
The European pronunciation of this name is pretty, but the English pronunciation is awful!
Buneary  3/21/2015
Ida Minerva Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2015
I was named Ida Ruth in April of 1963 after the lovely aunt Ida that raised my father (as his mother Eunice died when he was 2 of TB) and my precious mother Ruth. Pronounced Eye dah, I always introduce myself like Idaho potatoes and have found nobody to ever forget my name once they have met me. I recently found the book "Little Ida’s Flowers"by Hans Christian Andersen (1835)and found it a splendid read. While everyone has likes and dislikes I enjoy the simplistic, eloquent, feminine, unique name that my father gave me for it is not so common that I am constantly confused with lots of folks.
taxibaby  11/9/2014
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was a suffragette, anti-lynch campaigner, and worked for international social justice.
DianUK  11/14/2013
"Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider" (1903), is a song written by Eddie Leonard and composed by Eddie Munson. (Ida pronounced the English way, of course)

My Grandmother is Ida. When she was a kid, the boys would jokingly sing this song to her.
Tiger Lilly  10/12/2013
Despite it's popularity in Scandinavia, the name Ida was only given to 99 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
This is also a Russian nickname for Zinaida, pronounced EE-da.
Anyechka  6/12/2013
This is a nice name that is due for revival in the US. I prefer the pronunciation eye-dah which is typically how it's said in English. EE-dah doesn't sound very flattering to me.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2013
Much prefer the English pronunciation "IE-duh" to "EE-dah". "EE-dah" is the ubiquitous pronunciation across Europe, whereas "IE-duh" is unique to English-speakers and has lots of quaint British charm.
JJSkeete  3/23/2013
I really like this name, but I do not like the English pronunciation of Eye-duh. When it is pronounced Ee-duh, it is really pretty. Like some other poster said, it is sweet and simple but so pretty and beautiful.
Marilyn86  7/30/2012
Not introduced by the Normans, but before the conquest Ida was a man's name in England. In fact an Ida was king of Bernicia.

In compound names it occurs in Idaburh, Idaberga, Idhild (f.) and Idesbeald, Idgerius (Idgar) and Idwine. The root survives in Icelandic iðja (work, activity), OE idig, idge, busy.

Idisburh however may represent OE ides, OS idis, OHG itis woman, matron (in OE a poetic word applied to women of mythic or legendary stature).
thegriffon  6/2/2012
Ida Straus was a first-class passenger on the RMS Titanic. She traveled with her husband Isidor, who was a businessman, and the two loved each other very much. When the Titanic started sinking, Ida refused to board the lifeboats and stayed with her husband on the ship. The couple died together.
bananarama  3/30/2012
Ida could work as a middle name.
Kinola  12/29/2011
"Little Ida's Flowers" is a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen who also wrote "The Little Mermaid" and "Thumbleina."
Manda Riley  7/29/2011
Ida is a really old-fashioned name. It sounds very plain. Ada is a much better alternative.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
Idaho is my first and quick impression of this name. Better on a potato than on a person.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/1/2011
I believe there is also a comet or meteor bearing the same name.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2010
A possible Finnish variant/pronunciation/nickname is Iita, but I suppose it's considered old-fashioned nowadays.
nenmo  7/8/2010
There is an asteroid, in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, called Ida. I don't know why it was named Ida, but I believe it is one of the largest asteroids known. In pictures Ida looks like a huge potato :) This is funny to me, since potatoes are commonly grown in Idaho, a name which contains the name Ida. So now, whenever I hear the name Ida, I think of potatoes (and asteroids). I think it is a kind of cute name though.
― Anonymous User  5/12/2010
Also a feminine name in Croatia. [noted -ed]
goricar  2/28/2010
Ida is a Hindu goddess of the earth, abundant food, and nourishment. She is also the granter of any blessings evoked through her.
MaggieSimpson  7/28/2009
From Edward Gorey's sick and twisted poem, The Gashlycrumb Tinies: "I is for Ida who drowned in a lake".

Ida is also the name of one of the girls from Katy Towell's Childrin R Skary website.
rain-angel03  7/19/2009
Ida Maria is a Norwegian rock singer.
rubberduckiiz2  5/27/2009
In Italy Ida was popular in the second half of the 19th century: it was the 6th most popular name in Rome in 1876. Today it is quite unfashionable.
presentperfect  12/22/2008
The Italian pronunciation is EE-dah. [noted -ed]
presentperfect  12/22/2008
It also means East in Estonian.
elilont  8/10/2008
Ida is a character in the books/movies about Emil of the Maple Hills (Swedish: Emil I Lönneberga) written by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.
Emerson  7/18/2008
It's old-fashioned, but it's not old-fashioned in some ugly, awkward, or geeky way. The name is simple and cute enough, kind of like Ada. I'm just not quite sure how good this name is for actual adults. On the other hand, it's pronounced a bit like Aida, and I don't find that name too youthful. Still, this name makes me think of little girls from a couple of centuries back.
slight night shiver  6/4/2008
Famous bearers:
Indian-Czech singer Ida Bittová-Kelarová
Czech photographer Ida Saudková
Polish actress Ida Kaminska
Slovak actress Ida Rapaičová
Czech actress Ida Sovová
MaggieSimpson  4/11/2008
Also used in the same form in Poland.
daffodils_sing  4/11/2008
The name was also borne by Ida B. Wells, an advocate of civil rights and women's rights who gained particular renown for her staunch opposition to lynching.
Wordsmith  3/2/2008
Ida Lupino was a movie star in the 20's and 30's.
elizabeth hamlet  9/21/2007
Ida is the name of a novel by Gertrude Stein, and a character in it.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2007
Ida B was the main character in the book, Ida B.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2007
In Spanish, it is most commonly said ee-th-a. I know because it was my great-grandmother's name.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2007
Sorry to say, but your great-grandmother mispronounced her name. In Spanish Ida is prnounced EE-dah, and only EE-dah.
Elianita  12/15/2008
Ida is the name of the 14-year-old girl and main character in Avi's award-winning children's book The Secret School. The book is an inspiring story of a headstrong girl determined to control her own destiny.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2007
Pronounced EE-dah in Germany. [noted -ed]
JHK  9/3/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Ida here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
Ida Brown Wright was a good friend of the authoress Laura Ingalls Wilder. The adopted daughter of a reverend and his wife, Laura and Ida were friends when they lived in De Smet, South Dakota. Ida appears as a character in the books The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden Years.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  3/13/2006
Another possible theory for the origin of this name is connected to the namedays listed here. In the ancient Roman calendar the Idae marked the 15th or the 13th day of every month. So every Ida can choose her own name day or celebrate every month. I personally always forget to do it.

In Bulgarian there is a verb that sounds the same way and means "I am coming" and in Spanish there is a noun meaning "going, departure".
feminaluda  1/4/2006
Ida may originally mean "work", but that´s not the reason why it's so popular in Scandinavia, especially Sweden. Swedes tends to like giving their girls simple, delicate and feminine names but yet with some sparkle. They are often very short, like "Ida", to be concrete and simplisive. It's because we like the sophistication of the simplisivity, like a small, natural flower that may not be so voluptous, but means the strongest sense of love for it´s beholder, when you discover it's beauty after the long, cold winter. Sort of. :) Ida therefore means like "naturally sweet, true and special person" sort of. Also it's a name of one of the characters in folk writer Astrid Lindgrens stories.
LIN  11/30/2005
The pronunciation of this name is ee-dah in all languages except English.
Miss Claire  4/16/2005

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