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What does Ada mean?

Ada Pronunciation of Ada [ada] 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.

Associated with: noble, biblical, 18th century.


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

Affiliated girl names: Adamaris and Adamina.

16 more alternative forms via Adelaide, Adele: Adalin, Adalyn, Addala, Adde, Addey, Adel, Adela, Adele, Adelia, Adell, Adella, Ado, Ady, Aide, Del and Lady.

Creative forms:
(female) Aar, Adad, ..

(male) Adad, Add, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ada Jacquelyn (A.J.), ..

How popular is Ada?

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. Demographics)

Ada was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #46 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #357. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ada name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Ada (#357 last year) listed in the Top 2000 are Adalyn (#132 last year), Adelaide (#273), Adele (#652), Addie (#1122), Adela (#1123), Aida (#1296), Adia, Aide, Adella, Lady, Adelia, Adel, Adamaris, Adah, Adda and Adell. Other forms, like Ady, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Ada was common among parents a century ago (average #933) and has become much reduced since (#1467, 55%), with forms like Adelia going out of style. Adalyn and Adelaide are two of the more fashionable birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ada, Adah, Adalyn, Adamaris, Adda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Addie, Adel, Adela, Adelaide, Adele in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adelia, Adell, Adella, Adia, Aida in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aide, Lady in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ada is alike in pronunciation to Adwowa, Aeeda, Aidee, Auda, Audi, Audie, Ayda, Ayeeda, Eda, Edda, Eddi, Eddy, Edee, Edi, Edie, Edy, Ida, Ieeda, Oda, Ouida and Uda. Other suggested similar names are Adal, Adra, Aja, Ala, Alda, Ama, Ana, Anda, Ara, Arda, Asa, Ava, Aya and Aza. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ada.

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