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What does Heidi mean?

Heidi Pronunciation of Heidi [hei-di] as a girls' name is pronounced HYE-dee. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Heidi is "exalted nature". Swiss short form of Adelaide or Adelheid. Literary: the name of a girl of the Swiss Alps in Johanna Spyri's beloved children's novel "Heidi" (1881).

Associated with: exalted, nature.


Heidi has 7 variants: Haidee, Heida, Heide, Heidee, Heidey, Heidy and Hydee.

4 more related forms via Adelaide, Adelheid: Addi, Adi, Aide and Delli.

Creative forms:
(female) Heimi, Herdi, ..

(male) Heidim, Heiwe, ..

Middle name pairings:
Heidi Elina (H.E.), ..

How popular is Heidi?

Heidi is a very popular first name for women (#241 out of 4276, Top 6%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Heidi was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its apex position of #77 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #343 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Heidi name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Heidi outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Heidi (#343 a year ago) appearing in the Top 2000 are Adelaide (#273 a year ago), Aide, Heide and Heidy (#1597). These relations of Heidi reached the top of their popularity 5 decades ago (average #1569) and are somewhat less popular today (#1242, 42.7%), with the version Heidi becoming less fashionable. Adelaide is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Heidi, Adelaide, Aide, Heide, Heidy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Heidi outside U.S.

Similar Names

Heidi is alike in pronunciation to Hadia, Heda, Hedda, Heddi, Heddie, Hedi, Hedia, Hediah, Hedy, Hedya and Huda. Other suggested similar names are Bridi, Didi, Elidi, Heike, Hepzi, Hildi, Nedi, Teddi and Wendi. These names tend to be less frequently used than Heidi.

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