Gender: Female Pronunciation: a-DELL Meaning of Adele: "noble, nobility" Origin of Adele: French diminutive of ADELAIDE Adele's Popularity in 2019: #763

Adele Origin and Meaning

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

Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking the girls’ name Adele from a quiet semi-retirement back into currency. Adele reentered the US Top 1000 popular baby names in 2011 and has remained there ever since.

Adele is both a saint's and a royal name, having originated as the French version of the German Adela. It's one of the most stylish girl names starting with A.

Molly Ringwald chose Adele for one of her twins, and Fred Astaire's first dancing partner was his older sister Adele.

Historically, Adele was the name of the youngest daughter of William the Conquerer. Music lovers might associate the name with a character in Johann Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus, while a prime literary reference is Jane Eyre's young charge.

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Rank in US: #763

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Pop Culture References for the name Adele

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Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


This name is way too popular in my area. It's also ruined for me because of a rude girl I know named Adele.

LowSlash Says:


Having trouble editing my comment. We chose Adell as our daughter's first name! It suits her perfectly; she's strong and sweet, just like the name.

LowSlash Says:


I really like Adele! Although I do prefer the Adell variation, as it's been a middle name tradition on my mom's side for generations. We're trying to decide whether to use it in the middle or first name spot for our daughter (due today!).

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Miri Says:


I love the name, but it would be too Adele Adkins.

Yessica Says:


I just got Adele

headintheclouds Says:


I loved Adele even before the singer's breakout. It's short and sweet but holds a lot of personality and is weighty, intelligent, vibrant and substantial. And I think it's one of the super international names out there that can work in many different cultures and countries.

mill1020 Says:


Love this name. It's a bit tied to the singer but not too much to use.

sashapizzarova Says:


Adele is a very beautiful name, very regal and princess-y.

Guest Says:


Gorgeous name. Adele Adkins isn't the only Adele in the world, keep in mind. You can use it if you like it!

Guest Says:


I think earlier this week.

kitchi1 Says:


Wasn't this name already "Girls Name of the Day", not long ago?

HatGirl Says:


I really like this name but I don't want people to think I named my daughter after the singer.

LunaCross Says:


It sounds like a name I would use for my daughter should I marry.