Variant of Adelheidis, German
"noble, nobility"

Adelaide Origin and Meaning

The name Adelaide is a girl's name of German origin meaning "noble, nobility".

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 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.

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Adelaide Rank in US Top 1000

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Adelaide Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Adelaide Popularity

Famous People Named Adelaide

  • Adelaide of VohburgQueen consort of Frederick Barbarossa of Germany
  • Adelaide Amelia Louise Theresa Caroline of SaxeMeiningen, Queen consort of Britain's William IV
  • Adelaide of LöwensteinWertheim,Rosenberg (born Sophie Amelie Adelheid Louise Johanne Leopoldine), Queen consort of Miguel I of Portugal
  • Adelaide of NormandyCountess of Aumale, sister of William the Conqueror
  • Victoria Adelaide Mary LouisaPrincess Royal; Queen consort of Frederick III of Prussia; eldest child of Britain's Queen Victoria
  • Adelaide Louise HallAmerican singer
  • Adelaide Cole ChaseAmerican painter
  • Adelaide CrapseyAmerican poet
  • Adelaide BishopAmerican operatic soprano
  • Adelaide Anne ProcterEnglish poet
  • Adelaide KaneAustralian actress
  • Adelaide ClemensAustralian actress
  • AdélaïdeGillette Dufrénoy, French poet and painter
  • Adelaide Louise McLaughlinwife of Robert Samuel McLaughlin, has a school and a street named after her in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Adelaide Rose Taylor (b. 2005)daughter of actress Rachel Griffiths and painter Andrew Taylor
  • Adelaide Ambrose (b. 2007)daughter of NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose
  • Adelaide FastvoldCorbet (b. 2014), daughter of actor Brady Corbet & Mona Fastvold
  • Adelaide Cervantes (b. 2016)daughter of actor Miguel Cervantes
  • Adelaide Rue Price (b. 2016)daughter of actress Sara Rue and Kevin Price

Adelaide in Pop Culture

  • Adelaide Wilsonmain character of the film Us
  • Miss Adelaidecharacter in 'Guys & Dolls.'
  • Adelaide Bonfamillecharacter in 'The Aristocats.'
  • Adelaide Gearycharacter in 'They Came to Cordura.'
  • Adelaide Langdoncharacter in 'American Horror Story.'
  • Adelaide Dinsmoreaunt of Elsie Dinsmore in the series
  • Adelaide Brookea character in the British television series Doctor Who
  • Adelaide Boyera character in the "Sims" series
  • Adelaidea witch character from the Cartoon Network miniseries "Over the Garden Wall"
  • Adelaidefairy tale character from the book series, "The Ever Afters."
  • Adelaide Strattoncharacter in Houdini & Doyle
  • Adelaide Drubmancharacter in the game "Far Cry 5"
  • Adelaidecapital city of South Australia (Australia).
  • Adelaide "Addy" Prentisscharacter in the book, "One of Us Is Lying".

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