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Meaning and name origin

Adela \a-de-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced a-DELL-ah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Adela is "noble". Latinate form of Adele, which is from the French Adèle, an ancient name popular in medieval Europe because of the fame of a seventh-century saint, a daughter of the Frankish king Dagobert II. Also the name of William the Conqueror's youngest daughter (11th century). The name died out in England in the later Middle Ages, and was revived in the 19th century, being the name of a character in Johann Strauss's opera "Die Fledermaus". It was also made popular in the 1930s as the name of a character in the novels of Dornford Yates. See also Adelaide and Adeline. Nutritionist Adelle Davic; writer Adela Rogers St John.


Adela has 10 variant forms: Adalia, Adalie, Adele, Adelia, Adelita, Adell, Adella, Adellah, Adelle and Edelle.

For more information, see also related girl names Adelisa, Della and Alida.


Adela is a very popular first name for females (#723 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Adela for girls. Adela reached its highest rank of #433 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Adela and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Adeline (#219), Adelaide (#316), Adele (#764), Della, Alida, Adella, Adell, Adela, Adelia and Adelle. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Adeline, Adelaide, Adele, Della, Alida, Adella, Adell, Adela, Adelia, Adelle in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Adela is also pronounced similarly to Adala, Adali, Addala, Addula, Adelais, Adelei, Adelie, Adeola, Adiella, Adila, Adola, Ahdella, Audelia, Idella, Odela, Odelia, Odella, Odila, Udelia and Udella. Other suggested similar baby names are Adal, Adel, Adelfa, Adelma, Adena, Adlai, Akela, Anela, Arela and Asela. These names tend to be less commonly used than Adela.