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Gender: F Meaning of Nadia: "hope" Origin of Nadia: Russian, Eastern European Nadia's Popularity in 2013: #325

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Nadia, an exotic but accessible Slavic favorite, which took on added energy and charm when Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci won the 1976 Olympics, is currently enjoying a leap in popularity--probably via the character on Lost who was known as Nadia, but whose actually name was Noor-- along with other Russian 'N' names, Natasha and Natalya.

Octomom Suleman spells her first name Nadya, as in the Queen Nadya character in Noel Coward's play The Queen was in the Parlour. And no, you don't have to explain that Nadia is actually a Russian short form of Nadezhda.

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Famous People Named Nadia

Nadia Bjorlin, American actress
Nadia Dajani, American actress
Nadia Comaneci, Romanian gymnast
Nadia Boulanger, French composer
Nadia Wayans, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Nadia

Nadia - character from the 'American Pie' movies
Nadia - Sayid's long lost love on the tv show LOST
Nadia Santos - Sydney's half-sister on the tv show 'Alias'

Nadea, Nadeen, Nadene, Nadiah, Nadie, Nadija, Nadijah, Nadira, Nadja, Nadjah

Nadia's International Variations

Nadége (French) Nadine (Italian) Nadina (Latvian) Nadezhda, Nadzia, Nata (Polish) Nadyuska, Dusya, Nadyenka, Nadenka, Nadya, Nadiya, Nadka, Nada, Nadysha (Russian)