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 (usage of 0.4056%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3288%, down 18.9%), with forms such as Adell, Adela, Adelle, Addie and Adelia 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)