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Gender: Female Meaning of Nadia: "hope" Origin of Nadia: Russian and Slavic Nadia's Popularity in 2017: #400

The name Nadia is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "hope". Nadia is ranked #400 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Baby Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Nadia, an exotic but accessible Slavic favorite, has a strong run of popularity in the US in the early 2000s, partially thanks to the character on Lost called Nadia but actually named Noor, but it's since slumped down the rankings. An earlier inspiration was Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who won the 1976 Olympics.

Nadia is actually a short form of Nadezhda, the name of Lenin's wife, though more Westerners will relate it to the familiar Natalya or Natasha.

Octomom Suleman spells her first name Nadya, as in the Queen Nadya character in Noel Coward's play The Queen was in the Parlour.

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Famous People Named Nadia

Nadia Alexandra Bjorlin, American actress
Nadia Dajani, American actress
Nadia Elena Comaneci, Romanian gymnast
(Juliette) Nadia Boulanger, French composer
Nadia Wayans, American actress
Nadia Oleksandrivna Meikher, Ukrainian singer and actress
Nadezhda Viktorovna "Nadia" Petrova, Russian tennis player
Nadia Esra, model

Pop Culture References for the name Nadia

Nadia, character in "Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water".
Nadia, character from the 'American Pie' movies.
Nadia, Sayid's long lost love on the TV show LOST.
Nadia Santos, Sydney's half-sister on the TV show 'Alias'.
Nadia Godfrey, character Netflix's Hemlock Grove.
Nadia Petrova, daughter of Katherine Pierce/Katerina Petrova on TV's The Vampire Diaries.
Nadia, character in the Amelia's Notebook series.
"Nadia," Iraqi TV series and its main character.
Nadia, Queen in The Arcana visual novel app

Nadja, Nadea, Nadijah, Nadija, Nadene, Nadeen, Nadiah, Nadjah, Nadira, Nadie

Nadia's International Variations

Nadina (Latvian) Nadyuska, Dusya, Nadyenka, Nadenka, Nadya, Nadiya, Nadka, Nada, Nadysha (Russian) Nadége (French) Nadezhda, Nadzia, Nata (Polish) Nadine (Italian)