The name Adele is a girl's name of German, French origin meaning "noble, nobility". Adele is ranked #657 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Girls' Names With Gravity and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".
From the experts:
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.
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.
Adele's more elaborate sisters, Adeline and Adelaide are also gaining in popularity.