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What does Adela mean?

Adela /ad-ela/ 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.

Associated with: noble, ancient, medieval, saint, england, 19th century, opera, novels (literary)


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

Affiliated girl names: Adelisa, Della and Alida.

Adela has 36 more relations 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.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Adail, Aiela, ..

(male) Addul, Adlio, ..

How popular is Adela?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Adela for girls. Adela reached its apex rank of #514 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is at #1288 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 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 (#1288 the previous year) ranked in the Top 2000 are Adalyn (#152 the previous year), Adelyn (#197), Adeline (#219), Adelynn (#304), Adelaide (#316), Ada (#382), Adelina (#531), Adele (#764), Addie (#1184), Della (#1244), Adalie (#1511), Adalina (#1972), Dell, Aide, Alida, Adelia, Adel, Adalia, Adelaida, Adell, Adella and Adelle. These forms of Adela were popular as baby names in the 1880s (usage of 1%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.6%, 42.9% less), with forms like Addie falling out of fashion. The most fashionable baby names in this compilation are Adalyn, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adeline, Adelaide and Adelina.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adela, Ada, Adalia, Adalie, Adalina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adalyn, Addie, Adel, Adelaida, Adelaide in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adele, Adelia, Adelina, Adeline, Adell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adella, Adelle, Adelyn, Adelynn, Aide in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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, Adalee, Adali, Addula, Adelie, Adeola, Adiella, Adila, Adola, Audelia, Idalia, Idella, Odeelia, Odela, Odelia, Odella, Odellia, Odila, Odilia, Odolia, Udelia, Udella, Udilia and Yudella. Other suggested similar names are Abena, Adal, Adara, Adeen, Adeera, Adelfa, Adeliza, Adelma, Adelyta (see Alida), Aden, Adena, Adia, Adiba, Adlai, Adolfa, Adora, Adra, Aeeda, Akela, Ala, Aleea, Aleka, Alla, Amala, Amelda, Amelia, Anela, Angla, Arbela, Ardelia, Ardell, Arela, Areli, Arena, Arla, Asela, Atera, Aveza, Caela, Cela, Chela, Fidela, Huela, Kaela, Leela, Mela, Orela, Sela, Shela, Stela and Teela. These names tend to be less commonly used than Adela.