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Gender: Female Meaning of Ida: "industrious one" Origin of Ida: German

The name Ida is a girl's name of German origin meaning "industrious one". Ida and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Favourite Names in the last signature".

From the experts:

Many vowel names stylish a century ago are coming back, and Ida seems like a possible, logical successor to Ada and Ava.

A century ago, Ida was considered "sweet as apple cider," and was Number 10 on the hit parade of names. Its popularity then was inspired by a Tennyson poem, of which the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Princess Ida, was a "respectful operatic perversion."

Ida hasn't been in the Top 1000 since the 1980s, but we do see it as slated to rise again. It is hugely popular right now in Scandinavia—Number 3 in Denmark, Number 10 in Norway, and Number 43 in Sweden, where it's pronounced EE-da.

Ida appears in Greek and Hindu mythology; Mount Ida, on Crete, is considered the birthplace of the god Zeus.The British-born actress-director Ida Lupino has been its most well known bearer in the US.

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Famous People Named Ida

Ida girls London, Popopera group of four stunning sopranos
Ida Lupino, English-American actress
Ida Minerva Tarbell, American muckraking journalist
Ida Bell Wells, American journalist and civil rights leader
Ida Saxton McKinley, U.S. First Lady as wife of President William McKinley
Ida, Princess of Saxe-Meiningen; Princess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Ida Matilda Adelaide, Princess of Schaumburg-Lippe, Princess Reuss of Greiz; mother-in-law of Wilhelm II
Ida, Princess of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym; Hereditary Princess of Oldenburg
Ida Caroline, Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont; Princess consort of Schaumberg-Lippe
Ida Rubinstein, Russian dancer, actress, art patron and Belle Époque figure
Ida Maria (Børli Sivertsen), Norwegian singer
Ida de Tosny, mistress of King Henry II of England
Ida Pauline Rolf, American biochemist; creator of Structural Integration or "Rolfing"
Ida Helen Ogilvie, American educator and geologist
Ida Corr, Danish singer-songwriter
Ida Ljungqvist, Tanzanian-Swedish model
Ida Østergaard Madsen, Danish pop singer
Ida Gjølga Jenshus, Norwegian country music singer
Ida Applebroog, American painter
Ida Dwinger, Danish actress
Ida Fink, Polish-Israeli author
Ida Haendel, Polish-British violinist
Ida Kamińska, Russian-Polish actress
Idalia Maria "Ida" Kurcz, Polish psychologist
Ida Łotocka-Huelle, Polish painter
Ida Henriette da Fonseca, Danish opera singer
Ida Nowakowska, Polish actress
Ida Amanda "Maxida" Märak, Swedish-Sami jojk-singer, hip hop artist and activist

Pop Culture References for the name Ida

Ida Svensson, character in Astrid Lindgren's "Emil of Lönneberga"
Ida Quagmire (born Dan Quagmire), character on TV's "Family Guy"
"Little Ida's Flowers," short story by Hans Christian Andersen.
Ida Lebenstein, character in 2013 Polish film "Ida"
Ida, character in Jaishankar Prasad's poem "Kamayani"
Ida Barlow, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
"Princess Ida," comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan and its main character
Ida Borejko, character in the "Jeżycjada" series by Małgorzata Musierowicz
Ida Jungman, character in "Bunderbrookowie" by Tomasz Mann
Ida Corwin, character in "Mildred Pierce" by James M. Cain
"Ida", the Lost Princess in mobile game "Monument Valley"
"Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider," popular song written by Eddie Munson

Ida's International Variations

Iduska (Czech) Idalia, Aida (Italian) Ita (Yiddish) Ide (French) Itka (Polish)