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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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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, stage name of Adele Chapman, American opera singer
Ada Scott Brown, American blues singer
Ada Louise Comstock, American women's education pioneer
Ada Louise Huxtable, American architectural critic
(Augusta) Ada (Byron) King, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron; pioneer of computer programming
Ada Maris, American actress
Ada Negri, Italian poet
Ada Nicodemou, Australian actress
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 Oikari, Finnish rhythmic gymnast
Ada Vox, stage name of Adam Saunders, American singer and drag queen
Ada Benzine (b. 2017), daughter of American vlogger Craig Benzine and wife Chyna Pate
Ada James Akins (b. 2018), daughter of Thomas Rhett (Akins)

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 Shufflebotham or Sidebottom, character played by British actor Roy Barraclough
Ada, character in the video game Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
Ada, an android in the comic book series Alex + Ada
Ada Clover, character in the BlazBlue video game series
Ada, robot companion in the game Fallout 4 Automatron DLC.
Ada Thorne, character on British TV series "Peaky Blinders"
Ada Versaillius, character in anime "Pandora Hearts"
Ada Smith, main character in book "The War That Saved My Life"
"Ada", song by The National

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Mheller0124 Says:


We named our second daughter Ada June. My husband suggested it and it grew on me! We were contemplating Alma as well as Iona. We absolutely love our choice!!

burg123 Says:


love Ava, but I would use this beacsues its not that popular

SouthernPeach Says:


I know an American who says Ay-da, but I know a Pole who says Ah-dah.

pointless Says:


Every time I Se this name, I think of the death adder

Violet_Rose Says:


My favorite pronunciation of Ada is
*add-ah*, because the woman I knew with it prenounced it as such and I always thought it was beautiful, simple and classy, and reminded me of Princess Atta in A Bugs Life

raefanning Says:


A.D.A is one of the biggest criminal factions in Rio de Janeiro

Daiseymae Says:


My husband's aunt is Ada, and she also pronounces it as Ah-da. She is Colombian, and her given name is Adalgisa.

Ada Faith-Feyma Says:


my name is Ada, i actually used to hate the name because i thought it was to weird but now i embrace it

Ada E Says:


This is kinda funny to me... I actually pronounce it Ah-da myself, and my middle name is Frances!

Ada E Says:


My name is Ada, pronounced like odduh. People tend to pronounce it wrong at first given Ayda is the most common pronunciation, but if you're worried about it blending in that might help some.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this. It's lovely, and I prefer it to Ava.

Skittlewiddles Says:


I love the soft sound Ah-da though Ay-da is lovely too. I worry though that an Ada would still get washed away with all the Ava's and Eva's in the classroom because they still sound and look so similar.

David Ugo Ugochukwu Says:


ADA is the name of the Igbos in Biafra land in Nigeria , is a name of a female first Child, or groupe of female young daughters of the community as popularly called Umu - Ada

Wittyusername103 Says:


This is starting to grow on me.

headintheclouds Says:


I think Ada Lovelace is one of the best namesakes you could name your daughter after, especially in today's increasingly technological age. On the name's own merit, Ada is short and sweet- a weighty, underused and stylish classic choice. I would love to see real-life baby Adas, but I personally would not use it myself, because it's too short for my taste and my intuitive pronunciation of it will always be "ah-da" instead of "ayy-da"!

Side Note: I've always loved the idea of sisters named Ada and Francine "Francie", I think they make a darling sibset.

elifsu Says:


Ada also means island in Turkish, which makes it an international name! If you are married to a Turkish person and can't find a name for your girl, Ada is a valid option.

scblovesnames Says:


This is going to be the name of my daughter, should I be so blessed. It's beautiful and I've been drawn to names that mean "noble" like Alice and Audrey and this was one we both could say yes on.

taliawhat Says:


Ay-da. I know one! Rhymes with Ava. :)

indiefendi2 Says:


My dilemma is I don't know how to pronounce it! Is it A-da like it looks or like ay-da? If I knew I'd probably like it more.

Essa Says:


One of my favourites! Love it so much, short, sweet, girly, pretty, classic, what's not to like? Ada Florence or Ada Lily.

Strangely I really dislike Ava, but that could be to so with my hate towards the letter 'v'.

Ida on the other hand? That's another gorgeous (although not quite so) name as Ada.

Manda Colburn Says:


I named my daughter Ada in 2006. My name is Amanda, so I suppose that's why I was really drawn to it since the first and last syllable are the same. I still love it. My grandmother's name was Ida, so it was close enought.

Analia Says:


My niece's name!

ajt Says:


Love it...

ladybug99 Says:


I think this Ada is a really funky and stylish choice! It is so similar to the popular Ava and Hannah, that it would be unique and darling everywhere, at every age!

KC Says:


This was my grandmother's first name (though she went by her middle name Ruth). I would love to use it as a middle name, but I just can't get over how much I dislike how it sounds! It sounds like "ate-a" and just seems so harsh!