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What does Adela mean?

Adela \a-de-la\ as a girls' 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 variants: Adalia, Adalie, Adele, Adelia, Adelita, Adell, Adella, Adellah, Adelle and Edelle.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Adelisa, Della and Alida.

Adela has 36 more related variations via Adelaide, Adele, Adeline, Adelle: Ada, Adalena, Adalin, Adalina, Adalyn, Addala, Addalla, Adde, Addey, Addi, Addie, Addy, Adel, Adelade, Adelaida, Adelais, Adelajda, Adelei, Adelice, Adelicia, Adelina, Adelind, Adeline, Adelis, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adey, Adi, Ado, Ady, Ahdella, Aide, Del, Dell, Della and Edelie.


Adela is a very prominent first name for females (#723 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Adela for girls. Adela reached its apex rank of #433 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth 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 usage of the girl name Adela and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Adela ranked in the Top 1000 are Adalyn (#152 the previous year), Adelyn (#197), Adeline (#219), Adelynn (#304), Adelaide (#316), Ada (#382), Adelina (#531), Adele (#764), Addie, Alida, Della, Dell, Adelle, Adelaida, Adell, Adella and Adelia. This girl name was at the height of its popularity during the years 1880-1889 and has become much less popular since, with forms like Adelle, Alida, Dell, Della and Adella falling out of fashion. The most fashionable baby names in this compilation are Adelynn (#304), Adelina (#531), Adelaide (#316), Adalyn (#152) and Adelyn (#197), with Adelaide and Adelina enjoying a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ada, Adalyn, Addie, Adela, Adelaida, Adelaide, Adele, Adelia, Adelina, Adeline in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Adell, Adella, Adelle, Adelyn, Adelynn, Alida, Dell, Della in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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