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Gender: Female Meaning of Adelaide: "noble, nobility" Origin of Adelaide: Variant of Adelheid, German Adelaide's Popularity in 2017: #276

The name Adelaide is a girl's name of German origin meaning "noble, nobility". Adelaide is ranked #276 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplet Game-GIRLS".

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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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Famous People Named Adelaide

Adelaide of Vohburg, Queen consort of Frederick Barbarossa of Germany
Adelaide Amelia Louise Theresa Caroline of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of Britain's William IV
Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (born Sophie Amelie Adelheid Louise Johanne Leopoldine), Queen consort of Miguel I of Portugal
Adelaide of Normandy, Countess of Aumale, sister of William the Conqueror
Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, Princess Royal; Queen consort of Frederick III of Prussia; eldest child of Britain's Queen Victoria
Adelaide Louise Hall, American singer
Adelaide Cole Chase, American painter
Adelaide Crapsey, American poet
Adelaide Bishop, American operatic soprano
Adelaide Anne Procter, English poet
Adelaide Kane, Australian actress
Adelaide Clemens, Australian actress
Adélaïde-Gillette Dufrénoy, French poet and painter
Adelaide Louise McLaughlin, wife of Robert Samuel McLaughlin, has a school and a street named after her in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Adelaide Rose Taylor (b. 2005), daughter of actress Rachel Griffiths and painter Andrew Taylor
Adelaide Ambrose (b. 2007), daughter of NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose
Adelaide Fastvold-Corbet (b. 2014), daughter of actor Brady Corbet & Mona Fastvold
Adelaide Cervantes (b. 2016), daughter of actor Miguel Cervantes
Adelaide Rue Price (b. 2016), daughter of actress Sara Rue and Kevin Price

Pop Culture References for the name Adelaide

Miss Adelaide, character in 'Guys & Dolls.'
Adelaide Bonfamille, character in 'The Aristocats.'
Adelaide Geary, character in 'They Came to Cordura.'
Adelaide Langdon, character in 'American Horror Story.'
Adelaide Dinsmore, aunt of Elsie Dinsmore in the series
Adelaide Brooke, a character in the British television series Doctor Who
Adelaide Boyer, a character in the "Sims" series
Adelaide, a witch character from the Cartoon Network miniseries "Over the Garden Wall"
Adelaide, fairy tale character from the book series, "The Ever Afters."
Adelaide Stratton-character in Houdini & Doyle
Adelaide Drubman, character in the game "Far Cry 5"
Adelaide, capital city of South Australia (Australia).

Adelaide's International Variations

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