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French, diminutive of Adele
"noble, nobility"

Adeline Origin and Meaning

The name Adeline is a girl's name of French origin meaning "noble, nobility".
Adeline originated as a French diminutive of Adele, which came from the Germanic root adal, meaning "noble." Adeline was introduced to England by the Normans in the eleventh century, was very common during the Middle Ages, then vanished until the Victorian Gothic revival. Common variants of Adeline include Adalynn, Adalyn, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adelina, and Adaline.

Adeline has a lovely, old-fashioned "Sweet Adeline" charm, but has become so popular in the US under so many spellings and variations -- with Adalynn and Adalyn also popular -- that considered together it is among the most popular girls' names.

Adeline was introduced to England by the Normans in the eleventh century, was very common during the Middle Ages, then vanished until the Victorian Gothic revival.

The song "Sweet Adeline" Is an old barbershop quartet favorite. JFK's grandfather John F. Fitzgerald, mayor of Boston, made it his theme song, and Mickey Mouse serenaded Minnie with it in a 1929 cartoon.

Pronounced ad-a-line in America, it's usually ad-a-LEEN in France.
# 100 in the US

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Famous People Named Adeline

  • Adeline Pond AdamsAmerican novelist
  • Adeline AndreFrench fashion designer
  • Adeline CanacFrench pair skater
  • Adeline GeneeDanish,British ballerina
  • Adeline HazanFrench MEP
  • Adeline De Walt ReynoldsAmerican actress
  • Adeline Louisa Maria de HorseyCountess of Cardigan
  • Adeline KerrarAmerican basebal player
  • Adeline KnappAmerican journalist and author
  • Adeline McKinlayAmerican tennis player
  • Adeline Dutton Train WhitneyAmerican poet and author
  • Adeline Virginia WoolfEnglish novelist
  • Adeline Yen MahChinese,American writer and physician
  • Adeline Helberg (b. 2012)daughter of actor Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne
  • Adeline Phelps (b. 2012)daughter of baseball player David Phelps
  • Adeline Pauline Zamprogna (b. 2015)daughter of actor Dominic Zamprogna
  • Adeline Bernthal (b. 2015)daughter of actor Jon Bernthal

Adeline in Pop Culture

  • Adeline Luna'Olive Chancellor's affected widowed sister' in The Bostonians (1886) by Henry James
  • Adeline Marchcharacter in novel "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
  • Adeline Schmidtcharacter in the musical and film "Sweet Adeline;" inspired by the popular song
  • Adelinecharacter from the Kirby video games
  • "Sweet Adeline" popular song written by Henry Armstrong, a barbershop standard
  • "Adeline" song by Brian Wright
  • "Sweet Adeline" song by Elliott Smith
  • Adeline RecordsAmerican record label

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