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PronouncedPron.IED-ə English
EE-da GermanItalian
EE-dah SwedishDanishDutch
EE-daw Hungarian

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element id meaning "work, labour". 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 Lord 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.
VariantsIdella, Idelle English
Other Languages & CulturesIida Finnish
User SubmissionsÍda, Ida

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 943


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute