Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking Adele from a quiet semi-retirement to a red hot success. This year she made it back to the Top 1000, but is surely slated to move much higher.
Molly Ringwald chose Adele for one of her twins, and Fred Astaire's first dancing partner was his older sister Adele.
Historically, Adele was the name of the youngest daughter of William the Conquerer. Music lovers might associate the name with a character in Johann Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus, while a prime literary reference is Jane Eyre's young charge.
Adele's more elaborate sisters, Adeline and Adelaide are also gaining in popularity.