Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. IE-də(English) EE-da(German, Norwegian, Dutch, Italian, Polish) EE-dah(Swedish, Danish) EE-daw(Hungarian)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element id possibly meaning "work, labour" (Proto-Germanic *idiz). 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 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.

Related Names

VariantsIdella, Idelle(English) Iida(Finnish) Idalia(Germanic)
User SubmissionsÍda, Ida, Idà


People think this name is

classic   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   simple   serious  

Name Days

Austria: April 13
Austria: May 8
Austria: September 4
Croatia: March 19
Croatia: April 13
Croatia: May 8
Croatia: September 4
Croatia: October 29
Czechia: March 15
France: April 13
Hungary: April 13
Latvia: February 3
Lithuania: April 13
Norway: September 4
Poland: April 13
Poland: September 4
Slovakia: February 16
Sweden: September 14


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 943.
Entry updated December 7, 2022