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Gender: F Pronunciation: AH-dell-a Meaning of Adela: "noble" Origin of Adela: German

This variation of Adele sounds somewhat more feminine than the original by virtue of the a- ending. It could join the army of popular A girls' names, especially with its tie to the recent celebrity-related success of Adele.

Adela, which came to England with the Normans in the eleventh century, has a royal pedigree via William the Conqueror's youngest daughter.

Adela Quested is a character in E. M. Foster's novel A Passage to India, and the name also appears in an Agatha Christie story. Journalist/novelist/screenwriter Adela Rogers St. .Johns was a colorful character in Golden Age Hollywood.

Adelia is another appealing variation, an alternative to the rising Amelia.

Famous People Named Adela

Adela Akers, Cuban-born textile artist
Adela Cortina, Spanish philosopher
Adela Demetja, Albanian curator & founder of Tirana Art Lab
Adela Micha, Mexican journalist
Adela Florence Nicolson (1865-1904), English poet [Laurence Hope]
Adela Pankhurst, British-Australian suffragette & political organizer
Adela Pena, American violinist
Adela Popescu, Romanian actress and singer
Adella Prentiss Hughes, American pianist
Adela Rogers St. Johns, American journalist and novelist
Adela Blanche Stewart (1846-1910), notable New Zealand writer
Adela Elizabeth Zuniga, Honduran politician
Adela, a beauty and fashion Youtuber

Pop Culture References for the name Adela

Adela, genus of moths
Adela, character in the silent film "It" starring Clara Bow (1927)
Adela Corinthos, minor character on General Hospital
Adela Quested, young Englishwoman in Forster's "A Passage to India"
Adela Trefoyle, Lord Polperro's daughter in "The Town Traveller"
Saint Adela, princess & daughter of Saint Dagobert II