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Gender: F Meaning of Nadia: "hope" Origin of Nadia: Russian, Eastern European Nadia's Popularity in 2015: #345

Nadia, an exotic but accessible Slavic favorite, which took on added energy and charm when Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci won the 1976 Olympics, had a strong run of popularity in the early 2000s -- probably via the character on Lost who was known as Nadia, but whose actually name was Noor-- along with other Russian 'N' names, Natasha and Natalya. But it's since slumped down the rankings, and now sits at Number 345, its lowest position since 1996.

Octomom Suleman spells her first name Nadya, as in the Queen Nadya character in Noel Coward's play The Queen was in the Parlour. And no, you don't have to explain that Nadia is actually a Russian short form of Nadezhda.

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

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)