What does Adele mean?
Adele \a-de-le\ as a girls' name. Adele's name origin is Old German, and the name Adele means "noble kind; noble, soft, tender". Adele is a derivative of Adela (Old German): Latinate form of Adele. Adele is also a derivative of Adelaide (Old German): from adal heid. Adele is also used as a derivative of Adelinde (Old German). See also Ada, Adelie, Akela and Odele.
Adele▼ has 38 more alternative forms via Adela, Adelaide, Adelinde: Ada, Adalena, Adalia, Adalie, Adalin, Adaline▼, Adalyn, Addala, Adde, Addey, Addi, Addie▼, Addy, Adelade, Adelais, Adelei, Adelheid, Adelia▼, Adelice, Adelina, Adeline, Adelis, Adelita, Adella▼, Adellah, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adey, Adi, Ado, Ady, Aide, Alice, Aline▼, Del, Dell▼, Delle and Edeline.
Adele is a very popular first name for women (#524 out of 4276, Top 12%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Adele for girls. Adele reached its top rank of #200 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is currently at #764. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Adele and corresponding names. Ada (#382 in 2014), Adaline, Adalyn (#152), Addie, Adela, Adelaide (#316), Adelia, Adelina (#531), Adeline (#219), Adell, Adella, Adelle, Adelyn (#197), Adelynn (#304), Alice (#97), Aline and Dell are the popular variation forms of Adele (#764 in 2014). Adoption of these girl names reached its peak during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4665%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.3354%, down 28.1%), with forms like Adell, Adella, Adelle, Aline and Dell falling out of fashion. The more fashionable baby names in this list are Adalyn (#152), Adelaide (#316), Adelina (#531), Adelyn (#197) and Adelynn (#304), with Adelaide and Adelina going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Adele▼ is pronounced similarly to Adal, Aedelle, Idelle, Odell▼, Odelle, Odile, Udele, Udelle and Udile. Other suggested similar baby names are Adala, Adalee, Adali, Adene, Adeola, Adila, Adley and Adola. These names tend to be less frequently used than Adele.