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Gender: Female Meaning of Ada: "noble, nobility" Origin of Ada: German Ada's Popularity in 2017: #321

The name Ada is a girl's name of German origin meaning "noble, nobility". Ada is ranked #321 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

Ada is one of the classic baby names for girls that is suddenly super stylish again. A favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, Ada is an alternative to the over-popular Ava. Ada is also part of the trend toward simple, old-fashioned names beginning with a vowel, like Ivy and Ella.

A worthy namesake is Ada Lovelace, mathematician daughter of the poet Lord Byron, who worked with Charles Babbage on the forerunners to the calculator and the computer. In his poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Byron addresses her as "Ada! sole daughter of my house and heart."

Ada has a number of fictional references as well, appearing in Dickens's Bleak House and Nabokov's 1969 novel Ada; additional characters with the name were portrayed by Holly Hunter in The Piano and Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain.

Adah, pronounced AH-da, is a biblical name, one of the first girls’ names mentioned in the Book of Genesis.

Ada returned to the Top 1000 in 2004, after being off since 1992; by contrast, Ada was a Top 100 name in the 1880s.

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Famous People Named Ada

Ada Adini, American opera singer
Ada Brown, American blues singer
Ada Comstock, American women's education pioneer
Ada Huxtable, architectural critic
Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron & pioneer of computer programming
Ada Maris, American actress
Ada Negri, Italian poet
Ada Nicodemou, Australian actor
Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, American singer
Ada Rehan, American actress
Ada Yonath, Israeli crystallographer & winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Ada James Akins, daughter of Thomas Rhett Akins
Ada Oikari, Finnish rhythmic gymnast
Ada Vox, American Idol contestant & drag queen

Pop Culture References for the name Ada

Ada Monroe, character in book/film "Cold Mountain"
Ada Wong, character in the Resident Evil video games
Ada McGrath, main character in the 1993 film The Piano
Ada Harris, main character in book/film "Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris"
Ada Jaggs, character in Mary Downing Hahn's "All The Lovely Bad Ones"
Ada Clare, character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
Adelaida "Ada" Veen, main character in Vladimir Nabokov's "Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle"
Ada Gillis, main character in 1961 film "Ada," based on "Ada Dallas" by Wirt Williams
Ada Fife, beloved of Reuben Light (then sacrificed by him to his God, the dynamo) in the Eugene O'Neill play The Dynamo (1929)
Ada Shelby, character on TV's "Peaky Blinders"
Ada Keith, character in the Mildred Keith series
"Ada", song by The National
Ada Versaillius, character in anime "Pandora Hearts"
Ada Smith, main character in book "The War That Saved My Life"

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