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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. ə-DEHL-ə(English)
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Meaning & History

Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element adal meaning "noble". Saint Adela was a 7th-century Frankish princess who founded a monastery at Pfazel in France. This name was also borne by a daughter of William the Conqueror.
VariantsAdele, Adelia, Adella(English) Adelia(Spanish) Adelina, Alda(Ancient Germanic)
DiminutivesDelia, Della(English) Adelita(Spanish (Latin American)) Ada(Ancient Germanic)
Masculine FormAldo(Ancient Germanic)
Other Languages & CulturesAdelina(Bulgarian) Adéla(Czech) Aada, Ada(Finnish) Adèle, Adeline, Aude, Aline, Lina, Line, Lyna(French) Adele, Adelina, Ada, Alina(German) Adél, Ada(Hungarian) Adele, Adelina, Alda, Ada, Alina(Italian) Alīna(Latvian) Adelina, Alda, Aldina, Dina(Portuguese) Aline(Portuguese (Brazilian))
Same SpellingAdéla
User SubmissionAdelä

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 159


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