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

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