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What does Adela mean?

Adela Pronunciation of Adela 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. Also form of Alida.


ASSOCIATED WITH noble, ancient (old), medieval, saint, england, 19th century, opera, novels (literary)


VARIANTS Adalia, Adalie, Adele, Adelia, Adelita, Adell, Adella, Adellah, Adelle, Edelle

SEE ALSO Adelisa, Della

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, Edelie

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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)

Adela reached its apex rank of #514 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is at #1229 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Adela (#1229 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) ranked in the Top 2000 are Adeline (#78), Adalyn (#144), Adelyn (#226), Ada (#251), Adelaide (#298), Adelynn (#316), Adelina (#543), Della (#861), Adele (#898), Addie (#1253), Adalie (#1451), Adalina (#1452), Adelaida, Adalia, Adel, Adell, Adella, Adelle, Aide, Alida, Dell and Adelia. These forms of Adela were popular as baby names in the 1880s (USAGE OF 1.6%) and have become much less popular since (USAGE 0.7%, 55% LESS), with forms like Adelle falling out of fashion. The most fashionable baby names in this compilation are Adeline, Adelynn, Adalyn, Adelina, Adelaide and Adelyn.

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 Ada, Adeline 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-sounding 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.

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