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What does Candida mean?

Candida Pronunciation of Candida as a girls' name is pronounced kan-DEE-dah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Candida is "white". From "candidus". The color was associated by Christians with purity and salvation. A Roman politician wore a special white toga ss a symbol of these qualities, and hence the word "candidate" and "candid". Name of several early saints, including a woman supposedly cured by Saint Peter himself. However the name was hardly used in the English-speaking world until the 20th century. This may have been inspired by George Bernard Shaw's play "Candida" (1897), which was based on the name of the hero in Voltaire's 1759 novel "Candide", which is the French form.Names which have the same meaning are Bianca and Blanche. "Candida" is also a clinical name for yeast infection. Journalist Candida Crewe.


ASSOCIATED WITH white, purity (virgin), roman, 20th century (modern), play (opera), hero, novel (literary)


VARIANTS Candi, Candide, Candido, Candie, Candy



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How popular is Candida?

Candida is a very prominent first name for women (#1166 out of 4276, Top 27%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Candida was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its top position of #944 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not listed currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Candida are Bianca (#403 LAST YEAR), Blanche, Candi, Candie and Candy. Usage of these relations of Candida was more pronounced among parents in the 1880s (AVERAGE #1675) and is now much reduced, with versions like Bianca becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Candida, Bianca, Blanche, Candi, Candie, Candy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Caddy, Cadena, Cadhla, Cadi, Cadie, Caidie, Calida, Calina, Calinda, Callida, Camia, Camila, Canada, Canda, Candaice, Candase, Candela, Candes, Candia, Candias, Candice, Candiese, Candis, Candise, Candiss, Candist (see Candice), Candita, Candra, Candyce, Candyse, Candyss (see Candice), Caprina, Caranda, Carita, Carlinda, Carmila, Carmina, Carrisa, Casidy, Cassia, Cassidi, Cathia, Catlina, Catrina, Chanda, Chandria, Chandrika, Chania, Chaniya, Chantila, Cinda, Cindia, Cindie, Cintia, Claudina, Clodia, Cordia, Cynda, Cyndi, Cyndia, Cyndie, Hameida, Hamida, Jedida, Karida, Mandisa, Oneida, Randa, Saida, Valida, Vannda (see Vanda), Wannda (see Wanda), Zaida, Zanda and Zenaida. These names tend to be less frequently used than Candida.

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