What does Adelaide mean?
Adelaide \a-delai-de, ad(e)-laide\ as a girls' name is pronounced AD-a-layd. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Adelaide is "noble kind". From adal heid, via French Adélaïde. First popular in England after the reign (1830-37) of William IV and Queen Adelaide. She was a German princess who accepted the young prince after he'd been turned down by seven other noble ladies. The city of Adelaide, Australia, founded in 1836, was named for her.
Adelaide▲ has 58 variants: Ada▲, Adalaide, Adalayde, Adalena, Adalheid, Adalin, Adaline▼, Adalyn▲, Adalynn▲, Addala, Addalla, Adde, Addey, Addi, Addie▼, Addy, Adel, Adela▼, Adelade, Adelaida, Adelais, Adelajda, Adele▼, Adelei, Adelheid, Adelia▼, Adelice, Adelicia, Adelina▲, Adeline▲, Adelis, Adell▼, Adella▼, Adelle▼, Adelyn▲, Adelynn▲, Adey, Adi, Ado, Ady, Aide, Alice▲, Aline▼, Aliosha, Alline, Alyosha, Del, Dell▼, Della▼, Delle, Delli, Delly, Edeline, Eline, Elke, Heidi▲, Lady and Laidey.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Adalia.
Adelaide is a very popular first name for females (#1020 out of 4276, Top 24%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Adelaide for girls. Adelaide reached its peak position of #207 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #316. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent varying forms of Adelaide (#316 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Alice (#97 in 2014), Adalynn (#128), Adalyn (#152), Adelyn (#197), Adeline (#219), Adelynn (#304), Heidi (#347), Ada (#382), Adelina (#531), Adele (#764), Adaline, Aline, Dell, Della, Alline, Adella, Adelia, Adelaida, Adell, Adela, Adelle and Addie. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 and are somewhat less popular today, with forms such as Adelle, Aline, Dell, Della and Adella becoming somewhat outmoded. The most fashionable girl names among these are Adalynn (#128), Adelynn (#304), Adelina (#531), Adelaide (#316) and Adalyn (#152), with Adelaide and Adelina having a rekindling in usage. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Adelaide and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)