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Gender: F Meaning of Adelaide: "noble, nobility" Origin of Adelaide: Variant of Adelheid, German Adelaide's Popularity in 2013: #321

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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.

Famous People Named Adelaide

Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa; 21 November 1840 - 5 August 1901, eldest child of Queen Victoria
Adelaide "Adele" Delgado Mara - American actress
Adelaide Louise Hall - American singer
Adelaide, German-born Queen - consort of King William IV
Adelaide Chase - American painter
Adelaide Crapsey - American poet
Adelaide Bishop - American opera singer
Adelaide Anne Procter - Victoria poet
Adelaide Kane - Australian actress known for the television series Reign and Teen Wolf
Adelaide Clemens - Australian actress known for Silent Hill: Revelations and No One Lives

Pop Culture References for the Name Adelaide

Adelaide, capital city of South Australia (Australia).
Adelaide, character in 'The Aristocats'
Miss Adelaide, character in 'Guys & Dolls'
Adelaide Geary, character in 'They Came to Cordura'
Adelaide Langdon, character in 'American Horror Story'
"Adelaide", song by the band Anberlin
Adelaide Dinsmore, aunt of Elsie Dinsmore, of Martha Finley's classic 19th century books

Ada, Adalaide, Adalayde, Addala, Addalla, Addey, Addi, Addie, Addy, Adel, Adela, Adelade, Adelaid, Adelaida, Adelais, Adele, Adelei, Adelheid, Adeliade, Adelice, Adelicia, Adelina, Adeline, Adelis, Adelita, Adeliza, Adelka, Adelle, Adelvice, Adelvicia, Adey, Adi, Adlin, Adline, Ado, Ady, Aley, Aline, Aliosha, Alline, Alyosha, Del, Delia, Delle, Delli, Delly, Edeline, Eline, Heidi, Laidey, Laidy

Adelaide's International Variations

Adélaïde (French) Alida (Hungarian) Ailis (Irish)