Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking Adele from a quiet semi-retirement back into currency. Adele reentered the US Top 1000 in 2011 and has remained there ever since.
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.