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

The name Adela is a girl's name of German origin meaning "noble". Adela and is often added to lists like Royal Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Adela

Saint Adela of Pfalzel, Anglo-Saxon princess; daughter of Saint Dagobert II
Adela of Meissen, Queen consort of Sweyn III of Denmark
Adela of Normandy, daughter of William the Conqueror
Adela Amalia Noriega, Mexican actress
Adela Cortina, Spanish philosopher
Adela Micha, Mexican journalist
Adela Florence Nicolson, English poet [Laurence Hope]
Adela Constantia Mary Pankhurst, British-Australian suffragette & political organizer
Adela Pena, American violinist of the Eroica Trio
Adela Elena Popescu, Romanian actress and singer
Adela Nora Rogers St. Johns, American journalist and novelist
Adela Elizabeth Zuniga, Honduran politician
Adela, a beauty and fashion Youtuber
Adéla Čech (b. 2008), daughter of footballer Petr Čech

Pop Culture References for the name Adela

Adela, character in the 1927 silent film "It"
Adela Corinthos, minor character on American soap "General Hospital"
Adela Quested, young Englishwoman in E.M. Forster's "A Passage to India"
Adela Trefoyle, Lord Polperro's daughter in "The Town Traveller"
Adela, genus of moths


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.