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Gender: F Pronunciation: eye-EE-da Meaning of Aida: "happy" Origin of Aida: Arabic

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Aida is a melodic name largely associated with the title character of the 1871 Verdi opera, an enslaved Ethiopian princess who dies to save her people. In the past, her name was rarely heard outside the Latino community, but in the current time of love for all A-starting girls' names, this could very well change.

Aida did have a period of some U.S. popularity; in 1954, it reached as high as Number 663, but fell off the list in 1976.

Arabic families often pronounce it with two syllables--as EYE-dah--rather than three.

Aida Turturro played Tony Soprano's sister in The Sopranos.

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Ai­da Bortnik, an Argentine screenwriter
Aida Baraku, Albanian Kosovar singer, composer, journalist & producer
Aida Badic‡, a former Croatian artistic gymnast
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Pop Culture References for the Name Aida

Aïda, name created for Ethiopian princess in Giuseppe Verdi's opera
Aida, a Japanese surname meaning 'runs across the field'
Aida Braverman, Crosby and Jasmine's daughter on "Parenthood"
Aida, main character on Rinmaru's visual novel "Ascension"

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