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I love that so many people like the name Ada! It has always seemed like a beautiful, short and irresistible name to me, but I was sorry that it was considered one of those classic old-fashioned names that have not resurfaced and people only see them as grandmother's names. Why? Ada should have the same popularity and acceptance as other names like Abigail, Amelia, and Charlotte. Also, it can be a lovely nickname of another name that I also adore which is Adelaide.
Hanaa  1/19/2021
I love the name Ada, but it is NOT the same thing as Aida! UNLIKE like Ada, its ah-ee-da or eye-yee-da, depending on where you are from. My name is Aida and I am sick of people thinking it is a feminisation of Aidan or variant of Ada. Aida on its own is Arabic, but in French and Russian it is (short for Adelaida/Adelaide). Ada is a gorgeous name, just go with its original spelling, none of this Aida or Ayda as Ada stuff.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2021
Strong name! Simple and beautiful! A lot better than Ana which feels too soft. Ada is a good name!
DeeDeeRee  1/15/2021
Love this name! So cute and ages well.
Stars123  1/7/2021
Ada is an ancient Biafran/Igbo name. It simply means first daughter.
Raphael4085  11/30/2020
Ada Jones (1873-1922) was a popular English-American singer who was one of the first female singers to be recorded.
I like old names  10/28/2020
Our little girl has just been called Ada Esmae and we love it. It's such a pretty name for a beautiful little girl and we have received some lovely comments for our choice.
CharlotteAmyLouise  9/5/2020
Also Slovene:
Frollein Gladys  9/3/2020
Also Romanian (albeit rare):
Frollein Gladys  7/29/2020
Ada is a short, beautiful name. It could be used as a nickname for other names, such as Adelaide or Adeline, but I like it by itself. It ages well, and I like it much better than Ava.
emmach653  7/27/2020
Makes me think of the disease called AIDS.
Bubbles293739  7/18/2020
Good name, but I prefer Aida, which is a spelling variation.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2020
My brother's name is Adrian, nicknamed Ada, I find his name beautiful and I think this name should be male too.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2020
It's an alright name. This is a good alternative to Ava, though. It's more mature, ages better, and is less common.
someone-  3/28/2020
Also pronounced in English as AD-ə.
RHAWK3935  11/20/2019
In 2017 Ada was given to 131 babies (the highest number since 1999) making it the #198 most used feminine name for newborns that year.
Felie  9/7/2019
My name is Ada Kathryn, or for short, Ada Kate. I love my name! It fits older and younger people alike, and is short and easy to say. All of my friends and strangers are constantly complimenting me! Ada is German for “Noble”, and Ibo for “firstborn female.” As luck would have it, I’m the oldest of my siblings! It’s a great name, and I recommend it to everyone!
― Anonymous User  8/3/2019
Linux Mint Ada.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2019
Ada Maria Smith is the main character in the books 'The War That Saved my Life' and 'The War I Finally Won'.
Hekate Rose  7/12/2019
If I have a daughter, I will name her this ❤❤❤.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2019
Ada Hegeberg is a Norwegian female football player who plays in l'Olympique lyonnais. She's the first woman to have won the golden ball. She was born on July 10, 1995.
Solefang  4/24/2019
Ada Limon is a contemporary, award-winnng poet, based in CA and KY.
28verses  3/10/2019
This name is honestly underrated. It should be just as well revered as Ava, or Eva, since they are so similar. This is a gorgeous, short, and simple name and I'm waiting for the boost in popularity.
jazzycritique  1/29/2019
In 2018, 84 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ada who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 999th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
Lady Ada Byron Lovelace (1815-1852). She was an English mathematician and is considered to be the first ever computer programmer.
kayisforkeen  9/26/2018
Ada is a lovely and graceful name. A lot of people use this name where I'm from, only it means something different.
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
It's also a Turkish name for females, and it means "island".
selinkayhan  7/17/2018
It's pretty. I think it's a bit short though. But I do think this could be an alternative to Ava. Ada seems like it would age better. Adalia is also pretty.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2017
I like this name a lot but it works best with a long middle name because it's so short, or you can extend to a name with this name included in the beginning so Ada would be a suitable nickname like Adalaide.
Sania01  9/20/2017
This name means fairy in Spanish...
― Anonymous User  8/31/2017
In Poland, Ada is either a diminutive of Adriana/Adrianna or used on its own.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2017
This name is short and simple, and has a great meaning and namesakes. It also is ageless. Overall, a wonderful name.
Slayer775  12/17/2016
Ada may remind some Americans of ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act.
pukeko  12/13/2016
My daughter's name is Ada, pronounced "Ay-da". It is short, but she has 4 middle names behind it, gifted at her birth by her older siblings and a friend. I just learned from this thread about the Turkish meaning "Island" and we live on an island, so it's perfect! She is a quirky, creative and brilliant girl like Ada Lovelace. Everyone we meet loves her name.
samwitchmv  8/19/2016
In Turkish "Ada" means "island".
MissShamu  3/14/2016
This name has started to be popular in Turkey recently. Muslim people generally give names to their children which have meaning. And with this context, there is no connection between other countries and Turkish people about the name "Ada". In Turkish language "Ada" means "island" which sounds cool. This name is a new modern female name in Turkey.
Herturluyazar  2/26/2016
This is my name :D
Ada Fidelina
I like it.
lina_5459  9/15/2015
This is a nice, old fashioned name. Gorgeous and ages well. Needs to make a comeback. Certainly will fit in just fine with the top names of today. Sophia, Charlotte, Olivia, etc.
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
Ada means island in Turkish.
EUPHOORIA  5/2/2014
Ada is also the German spelling of the Biblical name Adah.
Frollein Gladys  11/29/2013
Not the most elegant name there is, but its still nice :) it's loads more classic and original than "Ava", that's for sure! I much prefer Ada to Ava personally (when it's pronounced aid-a, which I think is the more common English pronunciation).
Oohvintage  2/23/2013
I love this name. It's gorgeous and is used in many languages. It's generally very easy to pronounce, and can work on both a child and an adult. Plus the famous bearers, like computing visionary Ada Lovelace, make this a very respectable name.
K.G Valentina  2/6/2011
Pretty enough, but a bit short and plain as a full name. A wonderful pet form of Adelaide, however.
DaphneSusan  10/14/2010
This is one of my current favorite names. It has an endearingly quirky feel, which I think the similar-sounding and super popular 'Ava' lacks.

Also, Ada Lovelace? Pretty cool.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2010
In the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially The Lord of the Rings, the Elvish word for "Father" is "Ada" (ah-dah). Of the dialects of his language, the origin of this word is Sindarin. Most namely it was spoken by Arwen in "The Two Towers" to her father, Elrond.

Elrond: "A I'm ú-'erin veleth lîn?"
(pronounced: Ah eem oo-air-een veh-leth leen?)
Translation: "Do I not also have your love?"

Arwen: "Gerich meleth nîn, Ada."
(pronounced: Gare-ikh mehl-ehth neen, ah-dah.)
Translation: "You have my love, father."

Tolkien's Elvish is not one that is a complete language, which means that in-depth conversations are not a reality. Regardless, I, and others, have learnt enough to speak whatever possible.
Francesca  8/5/2010
Ada is smart and underused.
lucyskydiamonds  1/17/2010
The name of a character in Vladimir Nabokov's 'Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle' and the name of a song by The National.
dollrock  9/16/2009
The German pronunciation is the same as the Polish one: AH-dah.
mafiosa  8/6/2009
Ada is a central character in the novel Ada or Ardor. She is also a heroine in Dan Simmons' sci-fi novels Ilium and Olympos.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2009
Ada is so short, frumpy, and plain - I'd spurn Ada in favour of the beautiful name Adara!
Jonquil  4/16/2009
Ada is also an Indian name, more Urdu, I think. It means 'style'.
aquariusveni  12/27/2008
It was also used in Italy in the first years of the 20th century: it was the 9th most popular name in Rome in 1901, the 8th in 1916. Today it is hardly ever used. [noted -ed]
presentperfect  12/19/2008
The Italian pronunciation is AH-dah.
presentperfect  12/19/2008
Ada Isaacs Menken (1835-68) was a famous American actress and poet. In some sources her name is spelled Adah.
Jonquil  8/31/2008
NO NO NO! Terrible name, I wouldn't enflict it upon a gerbil.
GoGoFanFan  8/9/2008
It's short for Adelina.
gio2475  5/26/2008
It sounds quite great-gradmotherly at the moment, but who knows, maybe it will become popular again? It's actually a pretty name, and it suits children and adults alike. I like the fact that it's so short, only three letters, and still doesn't sound too minimalist. It's not one of my favorites, but I sure wouldn't talk you out of using it.
slight night shiver  5/14/2008
Ada Wong from the "Resident Evil" video games.
FMRadio  5/12/2008
Actually, I used to be with a girl called so and all that applied to the name, applied to her: 100% feminine, mature, delicate and strong at once, refined. And sensual, should be added. I love the name, as it contains it all. Pity it's not as popular as it was in the beginning of the XXth century.
greylord  8/23/2007
One of more famous bearers of the name (at least in Poland) was Polish opera singer, Ada Sari. It was her pseudonym, but still.
greylord  8/23/2007
I know of a gorgeous 5-year-old named Aderyn-Jane, and Ada is one of her nicknames. Another is Addy, which I think can be a cute pet name for Ada. :)
― Anonymous User  7/9/2007
Also used in Romania. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  7/7/2007
Ada is the name of the mute woman played by Holly Hunter in the film "The Piano".
littlescarlett  4/24/2007
Ada Clare is a character in Charles Dicken's novel "Bleak House."
― Anonymous User  4/16/2007
I love love LOVE this name, but I unfortunately, as the reverse to "Adam and Steve", at anti-lesbian protests and rallies they say "Adam and Eve, not Ada and Eve!", and I don't want to be perceived as anti-gay, though that's probably just me being paranoid and too politically correct.
TheLastMontague  4/2/2007
In Catalonia, we say A-da.
Laia05  2/22/2007
Ada Negri (February 3, 1870, Lodi, Italy - January 11, 1945, Milano) was an Italian poet.

She was born of an artisan family, and became a village school-teacher. Her first book of poems, Tempeste (1891), tells the helpless tragedy of the forsaken poor, in words of vehement beauty.
sweetbabe  1/24/2007
Ada was one of the wives of Lemeh from Genesis: "Ada and Zila, hear my voice, wives of Lemeh, hear my words".
judithf  10/25/2006
I believe the similar biblical name is spelt 'Adah'. I may be mistaken though, as I'm not a great reader of the Good Book. ;)
Beornhild  12/6/2006
I year ago I would have said 'What an old lady name! I hate it!'. I read a book that had this name on a girl about my age, and I like it a lot now.
claraelizabethann  8/27/2006
Ada means "island" in Turkish.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2006
Ada means "uselessness" in Japanese.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2006
Ada is also a short for Alexandra. I know three Alexandras whose short usage is Ada.
Sayae  2/8/2006
When pronounced 'AH-duh,' the name is Hebrew in origin, meaning 'beautiful ornament.'
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
My grandmother's name is Ada, which is a short form of Adriana. So it is not only a pet form of Adelaide.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2005
In Old Jewish it means "adornment". The name was popular in Russia in the first half of 20th century. My mother's name (she was born in 1933) is Ada.
Leonid Dzhepko  8/22/2005
Ada means noble, and happiness.
SeaShellClub  8/11/2005
Ada is the name of Nicole Kidman's character in the film Cold Mountain.
skywalker  7/3/2005
Also an ancient Greek name. Ada was the daughter of Ekatomnos from Karia.
Damis  3/3/2005
According to "The Book of Scottish Names" by Iain Zaczek (ISBN 1 90311620 1), Ada is an ancient name of Germanic routes, stemming from 'adal' - meaning 'noble' which was introduced to Scotland by the Normans. It has been used throughout the centuries, especially during the Middle Ages.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2005

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