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Gender: F Meaning of Adah: "ornament" Origin of Adah: Hebrew

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Pronounced AH-dah, this unusual biblical name -- the first female name in Genesis after Eve, and given to a number of women in the Old Testament -- is a softer Ada equivalent.

There are two Adahs in the bible, including one who was the mother of Jabal and Jubal, the other a wife of Esau.

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Famous People Named Adah

Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-68), US actress -- the highest-earning actress of her time

Pop Culture References for the Name Adah

Adah Ellen Price is a character from Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, twin to Leah. With the nickname "Ade" it is indicated she pronounces it AY-da.

Adah Keith, quiet bookworm sister of Millie Keith, heroine of the A Life of Faith book series

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