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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 Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your Favorite: GIRLS!".

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.

Find other names based on Nadia using our baby name generator.

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
Nadia Sawalha, British actress and television presenter

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
Nadia Rizavi, the MFE pilot in Voltron: Legendary Defender

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)


TechnoKitten Says:


Love it

paulapuddephatt Says:


Such a beautiful name, and meaning

Yessica Says:


Reminds me of Nada.

NadiaH Says:


Nadia is absolutely not a Russian name!
It is Ukrainian and an extremely popular name in Ukraine. The Russian version is nadyezhda, Russians are not Slavic people as you seem to imply. It' about time that people stop intermingling Ukraine with Russia. As a Ukrainian it is offensive to have you define my name as a Russian name!

snowsbeloved Says:


I have a young friend named Nadia and she is 1/2 Latina. Not casually so either. Her mother and grandmother were born south of the border and all speak Spanish. They made Nadia work :)

wyshanstine Says:


I love the name Nadia! Might name my daughter that.

Skittlewiddles Says:


I am so in love with this name! Sounds so feminine and strong.

TaliaCat Says:


One of my all-time favorite names, and close to my own in its Slavic roots!

Jane2432 Says:


Nadia Is the most beautiful name ever! I know what I'm naming my baby girl!

Guest Says:


I think Nadia is such a pretty name, I wanted it for my baby girl but... Husband doesn't like it.

Guest Says:


if only it didn't make me think of the Spanish word nada. *deep sigh*