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What does Ada mean?

Ada \a-da\ as a girls' name is pronounced AY-dah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Ada is "noble". A pet form of Adele and Adelaide, or also possibly a Latinate variant of the biblical Hebrew name Adah meaning "adornment". The name was borne by a seventh-century abbess of Saint Julien des Prés at Le Mans. Not in common use before the late 18th century.


Ada has 14 variants: Adan, Adda, Addi, Addiah, Addie, Addy, Ade, Adey, Adi, Adia, Adiah, Adie, Aida and Aidah.

For more information, see also related girl names Adamaris and Adamina.

Ada has 33 more alternative forms via Adelaide, Adele: Adalena, Adalin, Adaline, Adalyn, Adalynn, Addala, Addalla, Adde, Addey, Adel, Adela, Adelade, Adelais, Adele, Adelei, Adelia, Adelina, Adelis, Adell, Adella, Adelle, Adelyn, Ado, Ady, Aide, Alice, Aline, Del, Dell, Della, Elke, Heidi and Lady.


Ada is a very prominent first name for females (#310 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#54643 out of 150436, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Ada for girls. Ada reached its peak rank of #46 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #382. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ada name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ada outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ada and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Ada (#382 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Alice (#97 last year), Adalynn (#128), Adalyn (#152), Adelyn (#197), Adelaide (#316), Heidi (#347), Adelina (#531), Adele (#764), Aline, Della, Dell, Adelle, Aida, Adelia, Adamaris, Adaline, Adah, Adda, Addie, Adell, Adela and Adella. Usage of these girl names reached its highest during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4225%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2646%, down 37.4%), with forms like Adda, Adah, Addie, Adell and Adella falling out of style. The most trendy names for newborns in this list are Adalynn (#128), Adelina (#531), Adelaide (#316), Adalyn (#152) and Adelyn (#197), with Adelaide and Adelina having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ada, Adah, Adaline, Adalyn, Adalynn, Adamaris, Adda, Addie, Adela, Adelaide in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Adele, Adelia, Adelina, Adell, Adella, Adelle, Adelyn, Aida, Alice, Aline in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dell, Della, Heidi in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alice, Heidi outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ada is alike in pronunciation to Aeeda, Auda, Audi, Ayda, Eda, Edda, Edi, Edy, Ida, Oda and Uda. Other suggested similar baby names are Adal, Adra, Ahuda, Aja, Ala, Alda, Ama, Ana, Anda, Ara, Arda, Asa, Aud, Aude, Ava, Aya and Aza. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ada.