Russian, Arabic
"hope; tender, delicate"

Nadia Origin and Meaning

The name Nadia is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "hope; tender, delicate".

Nadia, an accessible Slavic favorite, has a strong run of popularity in the US in the early 2000s, partially thanks to the character on Lost called Nadia but actually named Noor, but it's since slumped down the rankings. An earlier inspiration was Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who won the 1976 Olympics.

Nadia is actually a short form of Nadezhda, the name of Lenin's wife, though more Westerners will relate it to the familiar Natalya or Natasha.

Nadia is also a traditional Arabic name, popular in the Muslim community and also spelled Nadiyya or Nadya. It means "moist, tender, delicate" in Arabic.

Octomom Suleman spells her first name Nadya, as in the Queen Nadya character in Noel Coward's play The Queen was in the Parlour.

# 489 in the US

Nadia Rank in US Top 1000

# 350 on Nameberry

Nadia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Nadia Popularity

Famous People Named Nadia

  • Nadia Alexandra BjorlinAmerican actress
  • Nadia DajaniAmerican actress
  • Nadia Elena ComaneciRomanian gymnast
  • (Juliette) Nadia BoulangerFrench composer
  • Nadia WayansAmerican actress
  • Nadia Oleksandrivna MeikherUkrainian singer and actress
  • Nadezhda Viktorovna "Nadia" PetrovaRussian tennis player
  • Nadia Esramodel
  • Nadia SawalhaBritish actress and television presenter

Nadia in Pop Culture

  • Nadiacharacter in "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water".
  • Nadiacharacter from the 'American Pie' movies.
  • NadiaSayid's long lost love on the TV show LOST.
  • Nadia SantosSydney's half,sister on the TV show 'Alias'.
  • Nadia Godfreycharacter Netflix's Hemlock Grove.
  • Nadia Petrovadaughter of Katherine Pierce/Katerina Petrova on TV's The Vampire Diaries.
  • Nadiacharacter in the Amelia's Notebook series.
  • "Nadia" Iraqi TV series and its main character.
  • Nadia Satrinavathe countess from the visual novel game The Arcana
  • Nadia Rizavithe MFE pilot in Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Nadia Vulvokovmain character of the Netflix series "Russian Doll"