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PronouncedPron.ə-DEL-ə English
a-DE-la Polish

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)
Masculine FormAldo Ancient Germanic
Other Languages & CulturesAdelina Bulgarian Adéla Czech Aada, Ada, Adele Finnish Adèle, Adeline, Aude, Aline, Line French Adele, Adelina, Alina German Adél, Ada Hungarian Adele, Adelina, Alda, Ada, Alina Italian 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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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute