Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly-popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter.
Adelaide will have to share the nickname Addy with all the Addisons, Adelines and Adeles out there.
Adelaide gained fame as the noble German princess who married the British King William IV in 1830 and became known as 'Good Queen Adelaide,'inspiring the name of the Australian city and a craze for her name. Earlier, St. Adelaide was married to Otto the Great and became Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, described as 'a marvel of beauty and goodness.'
When Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths (also mother of son Banjo) chose Adelaide for her daughter, she said she'd been inspired by the city, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and the Disney character in The Aristocats. Adelaide can also be found in works by Thomas Hardy and Agatha Christie.
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