Gender: Female Meaning of Adelaide: "noble, nobility" Origin of Adelaide: Variant of Adelheidis, German Adelaide's Popularity in 2019: #305

Adelaide Origin and Meaning

The name Adelaide is a girl's name of German origin meaning "noble, nobility".

Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter.

Adelaide gained fame as the noble German princess who married the British King William IV in 1830 and became known as "Good Queen Adelaide," inspiring the name of the Australian city and a craze for her name. Earlier, St. Adelaide was married to Otto the Great and became Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, described as "a marvel of beauty and goodness."

When Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths (also mother of son Banjo) chose Adelaide for her daughter, she said she'd been inspired by the city, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and the Disney character in The Aristocats. Adelaide can also be found in works by Thomas Hardy and Agatha Christie.

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Rank in US: #305

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Famous People Named Adelaide

Pop Culture References for the name Adelaide

Adele, Heidi, Ada, Adeline, Adelina, Alyosha, Adelais, Del, Adelka, Delle, Aline, Adeliza, Ady, Addi, Delli, Ado,

Adelaide's International Variations

Adélaïde (French) Alida (Hungarian) Ailis (Irish)


FictionWriterKate Says:


I LOVE this name!

abracadabra06 Says:


My name is Adelaide and I have never met anyone else in my life with the same name. I hate being called Addie because it makes me feel like a little girl and Adele just annoys the heck out me. No one's ever called me anything but Adelaide, but sometimes I wish I did have a nickname, and I thought that if someone offered to call me a nickname I'd say Lida (Lee-dah). My great mother's name was also Adelaide but when my mum named me she had forgotten, so I wasn't even technically named after her. When I was younger, I didn't really like being called Adelaide because I felt it was really old-fashioned, but now I don't mind. Sometimes though, when people hear my name they say 'Wait Adelaide's actually a name?' because in Australia Adelaide's really only known as a city.

Amber2209 Says:


My sisters name is Adelaide and everyone that we meet always say that’s its a wonderful name.

Word of advice:

If you are thinking of calling your daughter this then I would advise that you stick with a shorter middle name. My sisters full name is Adelaide-Jessica Jennifer Kristen, and it’s always a mouthful trying to say it to anyone who needs to write it down. Lol

fifi_forever Says:


In French it's pronounced adele-ah-EED

Isabella_188 Says:


Not too fond of the -laide ending.

fifi_forever Says:


I really love this name but I’ve never heard it said out loud so I don’t know how to pronounce it. Could u please help?

fearlessfirefly Says:


Serafina Adelaide is my top girl name.

NameNerd15 Says:


I don’t think of southern belles when I hear it.

Dietrich Says:


The original "Adelheid" is better!

burg123 Says:


sounds like lemonade

ceruleanstardust Says:


Laidey Bug is perhaps the sweetest nickname I've ever heard!!

beachbear Says:


I only just learned that this name is pronounced ADD-el-aid instead of AID-el-aid. I find it much prettier now—my entire life I had associated it with lemonade and just not understood.

Aurora961 Says:


One of my all time favorites. I know a cute little Adelaide and her parents call her laidey bug. So cute!

Aleydis Barnes Says:


My name is Aleydis, a Dutch variant of Adelaide and Adelheid. One warning for those who are thinking of naming their child Adelaide is that it can be tough as a child. I had trouble spelling my name, friends of years had trouble spelling my name, people always asked me if I had nicknames, the first day of school is a living nightmare, and people always forget my name right after I introduce myself. Maybe if I had a different personality it would fit me more, but because I'm more of a person who likes to blend in, this wasn't the right fit. I would recommend using a name like Adele or Adela instead, so it's more wearable for your child.

Eimear2000 Says:


this is my mothers name. she goes by adel

Miriam2468 Says:


I like it, but it's getting a little too popular for me.

beachbear Says:


I made my comment thinking I was original, and yet it's reminding everyone else of lemonade too. Interesting.

beachbear Says:


This name reminds me of lemonade.

Ella Says:


Adelaide is a very nice name.I really like it and it makes a beautiful choice for the main character of my cartoon.

pixelatedinfants Says:


I forget this name existed but I flippin love iit!!! Its so beautiful and I wanna use it on a future child, nn Ada, Layla or Lily.
Which would go best with Luna and Kian (my fav boy and girl names)

Carolinekalmes Says:


The "aide" ending reminds me of lemonade. At least it's a refreshing thing to be reminded of 🤷🏼‍♀️🍋

Leah_ Says:


This is such a beautiful name!

Alexagrayy Says:


That's funny! The main actress in a 1500s monarchy CW show is named Adelaide Kane- and she plays the queen!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I've fallen in love with this name. It's so beautiful, and you can use the nickname Addie, which so many of us love.

Tillie_Jay Says:


Ever sense I was nine I've loved the name Adelie. When I found out it was actually a nickname for Adelaide, I didn't know what to think at first. I'd only ever heard of the name Adelaide from American Horror Story, but I thought it was very pretty. After a while I grew to love the name. If I ever have a daughter, her name will be Adelaide and I'll call her Adelie for short. I think it's just the cutest name ever!

tarapv Says:


Agreed ! I think being reminded of Southern Belles is a plus.

Catherine Rose Says:


Laid is the French word for ugly. So whenever I hear this name all I think of is "ugly Adele"

nipnerb Says:


Think Gatorade, Lemonade, Adelaide.

ash1114 Says:


I love this name! It sounds regal!

LavenderLullabies Says:


I prefer the Adelheid spelling. Either way, love this name!

Gwyneth Says:


This is my middle name. I often wish it was my first name, as it's absolutely beautiful! One of my all-time favorite names, no doubt. I love that it's unique but phonetically very logical. Addy/Addi/Addie are all adorable, too!

TaylorMRC Says:


I absolutely adore this name! I think it's just so classy and gorgeous! Definitely one of my favourite names!

autumnreverie Says:


It does, but I still like it.

ElsaAnne1 Says:


Such a beautiful name, plus I love it with the nickname Ada!

Michaela Says:


This is such a picture perfect name. It's scrumptious and doll-like with a beautiful meaning!

Nozomi Says:


Adelaide is an adorable name <3 My friend and I discovered it on here and now it is currently her favorite.

berry_chick Says:


Really? I don't get that impression at all...not my favorite name exactly, but quite nice.

grace147 Says:


It's okay. But it sort of reminds me of lemonade.....

headintheclouds Says:


I really like Adele and Adeline, and while Adelaide is a nice enough name, I don't quite like it to the same degree. It sounds heavier and clunkier- it's the -laide part that sinks it down. It is a lovely classic name though, with plenty of great nicknames to choose from to make it lighter and airier- Addie/Addy, Adele, Dell, Della, etc..

carolinegrace Says:


Ahh! One of my favorites!

sharon Says:


I have always loved this name. I first heard it on Calamity Jane when they were talking about Adelaide Adams....

indiefendi2 Says:


Adelaïde Kane and I have the same birthday 😌 Adelaïde has 8 letters and means noble, to me that means it's a lucky name! 8 is luck. 😍

LittleGypsy Says:


For some reason I always picture Adelaide as a tall, regal, queenly figure. (I've no idea why because I don't know any Adelaides!) I can't really like it very much because of the city, but if you love it, lucky you :)

Megarebegga Says:


I don't hate it, but Adelaide isn't really my style, I guess.

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ARead Says:


What's wrong with Southern belles?

lynn_wentworth Says:


I love this name, it is so beautiful. The nickname Lady is TOO CUTE. However, the over-popularization of the "Ad-" beginning is a bit too much. Too many little Addies running around, in my opinion.

Eleni_A Says:


My cousin is named Adelaide and I think of her if you say it although because I also live in Australia it makes me think Adelaide SA. Not really my type of name but it is a not as common name as I have never met any other Adelaide .

MarieLalie Says:


I don't usually like city names, but I didn't know there is a city in Australia with that name and now I'm in love with it. Too late! Ups!

Kirkir Says:


Adelaide Kane too. (Teen Wolf and Reign)

Lilmaschka Says:


My daughter (born in 2011) is named Adelaide. We're American and we did name her after the Australian city. (We visited Cairns for our honeymoon, but Cairns doesn't make for a very good girl's name.) I get either one of two reactions when people hear her name for the first time. One is either Adelaleigh? or just confusion/never heard of the city Adelaide. Or two, Oh my gosh, I love that name! I hope no one uses this name, so that her name can remain unique!! :-P This is coming from a woman named Emily. Believe it or not, I was one of two Emily's growing up. It used to be very unique.

Hylian Wizard Says:


I don't really get this name; it's so popular but nothing about it is appealing to me.

jordalini Says:


I don't understand why people like this name, as well as Clementine. I think of southern belles when I hear it. and Lemonade.

mweath Says:


My little girl is Adelaide!

ldougie Says:


imo this sounds like a cold drink someone would enjoy on a hot day, not a baby name. I know that it doesn't actually mean a drink, that's just what it sounds like.

strawberrydino Says:


AHS made me fall in love with this name, I've always loved how Constance said Adelaide's name and the character was very lovable as well as her name <3

kittykate928 Says:


I absolutely adore Adelaide! And the nn Laila is perfect. I love it!

Guest Says:


I used to not understand why people liked this name but now I think it's quite pretty. Only thing is all I hear is Adelaide, South Australia

edit: I don't think of Australia anymore and I'm madly in love with this this beautiful name! :)

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Theodora_Phoenix Says:


A bit overrated in my opinion, but I don't hate it. Will someone please tell me how it is pronounced? Thanks!

SunKissedChild Says:


I adore the name Adelaide! It's such a shame I live in Australia, if we use the name Adelaide everyone will assume it was because of the city!

DryLake Says:


Adelaide is classy and pretty, so I hope a lot of you future mothers and fathers out there will consider it. :3

rainierloner Says:


Oh, Adelaide - this name is so gorgeous and underused. I will definitely use this name for a future daughter! Plenty of nicknames too: Addy, Adele, Lady, Dell, Daisy, and so much more! Love this name.