[ 2 syll. a-da, ad-a ] The baby girl name Ada is pronounced EYDah in English or AADaa in Polish †.
1: Ada has its origins in the Germanic language. It is used largely in the African, English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian languages. The name is of obscure origin. It could be from the short form of various Germanic compound names starting with adal (meaning 'noble, honorable'), or else it could be Hebrew in origin. The name was borne in the 4th century by the sister of Mausolus, the builder of the first mausoleum, and by a 7th-century abbess in France. The name was introduced from Germany to English speakers in the late 18th century. It later became popular in the 19th century, during which Lord Byron gave the name to his daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852), a prominent mathematician and patron of Charles Babbage the inventor of the early mechanical computer. The computer language Ada was later named after her.
The name Ada is used to a great extent; it has 26 variant forms that are used in English and foreign languages. Variant forms of the name used in English include Adabella, Adabelle, Adah, Adalee, Adan, Adaya, Adda, Addi, Addiah, Addie, Addy, Adelina, Adette, Adey, Adi, Adia, Adiah, Adie, Aida, Aidah, Auda, Hada (used in Spanish as well), and Hadda. Foreign variant forms include the German Adina and the German Adine.
2: Ada's language of origin is Hebrew, and it is predominantly used in English, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian. Biblical name: Here, it means 'ornament, brightness'. Adah (Hebrew) is an original form of the name. In the Old Testament of the Bible, a number of women were named Adah, with various meanings such as 'ornament' and 'brightness'.
A variant transcription of Ada is Adabelle (English).
Ada is a diminutive of the English, German, Polish, Czech, Romanian, and Spanish Adela in the Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian languages.
Ada is also a diminutive of the English and Italian Adelaide in the African, English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian languages.
Ada is also a variant form of the English and Hebrew Adiel. See also the related forms, Adalcira, Adalia, Adaluz, and Adamaris.
Ada is a fairly popular baby name for girls, and it is also perceived to be fairly trendy. Its usage peaked modestly in 1901 with 0.359% of baby girls being named Ada. Its ranking then was #66. The baby name has since experienced a steep decline in popularity. In 2012, it ranked at #487 with a usage of 0.032%, enjoying a minor resurgence in the recent decade. Among the group of girl names directly related to Ada, Adelaide was the most popular. It was 47% more regularly used than Ada in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Ada include Adah, Aadee, Aadey, Aadi, Aadie, Aady, Aadye, Aaida, Aday, Adda, Addee, Addey, Addi, Addie, Addy, Ade, Adee, Adei, Adette, and Adey.
† Pronunciation for Ada: EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"