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Gender: F Meaning of Ada: "noble, nobility" Origin of Ada: German Ada's Popularity in 2013: #436

Ada was a favorite at the end of the nineteenth century that has started to come back in the past few years. Some may seek it out as an alternative to the overpopular Ava, and it's also part of the trend toward simple, old-fashioned names beginning with a vowel, like Ivy and Ella.

A worthy namesake is Ada Lovelace, mathematician daughter of the poet Lord Byron, who worked with Charles Babbage on the forerunners to the calculator and the computer. In his poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Byron addresses her as 'Ada! sole daughter of my house and heart.'

Ada has a number of fictional references as well, appearing in Dickens's Bleak House and Nabokov's 1969 novel Ada, in addition to which characters with the name were portrayed by Holly Hunter in The Piano and Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain.

Adah, pronounced AH-da, is a biblical name, one of the first female names mentioned in the Book of Genesis.

Ada returned to the Top 1000 in 2004, after being off since the 1980s; by contrast, Ada was a Top 100 name in the 1880s.

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Famous People Named Ada

Ada Adini, American opera singer
Ada Brown, American blues singer
Ada Comstock, American women's education pioneer
Ada Huxtable, architectural critic
Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and a pioneer of computer programming
Ada Maris, American actress
Ada Negri, Italian poet
Ada Nicodemou, Australian actor
Ada Rehan, American actress
Ada Yonath, Israeli crystallographer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Pop Culture References for the Name Ada

Ada Wong, character in the Resident Evil video games
Ada McGrath, protagonist in the 1993 film The Piano
Ada Jaggs, character in Mary Downing Hahn's "All The Lovely Bad Ones"
Ada Dallas, novel by Wirt Williams
Ada, 1961 film starring Susan Hayward and Dean Martin
Ada Fife, beloved of Reuben Light (then sacrificed by him to his God, the dynamo) in the Eugene O'Neill play The Dynamo (1929)
Ada Shelby, character in Peaky Blinders.
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, novel by Vladimir Nabokov
Ada Clare, character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
"Ada", song by The National
Ada Keith, character in Mildred Keith series

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