Gender: Female Pronunciation: ah-DELL-ah Meaning of Adela: "noble" Origin of Adela: German

Adela Origin and Meaning

The name Adela is a girl's name of German origin meaning "noble".

This variation of Adele sounds somewhat more feminine than the original by virtue of the a- ending. It could join the army of popular A girls' names, especially with its tie to the recent celebrity-related success of Adele.

Adela, which came to England with the Normans in the eleventh century, has a royal pedigree via William the Conqueror's youngest daughter.

Adela Quested is a character in E. M. Foster's novel A Passage to India, and the name also appears in an Agatha Christie story. Journalist/novelist/screenwriter Adela Rogers St. .Johns was a colorful character in Golden Age Hollywood.

Adelia is another appealing variation, an alternative to the rising Amelia.

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cheesy-biscuit Says:


I really like the pronounciation uh-day-la

josephinedagnall Says:


I have always loved the name Adele, but I'm not a fan of the singer and don't want that to be the immediate association made. Adela would solve that problem, while still sounding strong and feminine.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


It's a good name, and a smart choice. Adela avoids the immediate association with Adele, is a more uncommon form of the popular Alice, sleeker than Adelia (which has too many syllables for my taste) and has established history.

SoDallas3 Says:


It's not even the same name though?

Catgirlmri Says:


I understand that, but on the flip side, it could get really, really, annoying. If it's the right name, I don't see why not. But maybe think about giving her a nickname.. although by the time she's old enough for it to get annoying, there will be no need.

SoDallas3 Says:


That seems really silly... That's like not naming your child Elsa because of Frozen or Logan because of Wolverine. Every name has associations. Seems pointless to give up perfectly acceptable names because of it.

Catgirlmri Says:


In the age of Adele, it is a bad idea to name your kid Adela. I know a girl named that, and people won't stop asking her if she's an Adele fan. And she's not. For me, Adela is out.

iipostmvh Says:


I'm not from that region (in the U.S.), but that's the pronunciation I would choose first...actually more like A-Day-lah.

SoDallas3 Says:


In German/Austrian it's more like Ah-DAY-Lah.

vito208 Says:


Feminine but not frilly - pretty and strong. Also, it's not extremely common.