[ 2 syll. hei-di, he-idi ] The baby girl name Heidi is pronounced HHAY-Diy (English, German) †. Heidi is of Germanic origin. It is used mainly in Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Scandinavian, and Spanish. The name Heidi means 'of a noble kind'. It is derived from adal which means 'noble, honorable' ; heit 'kind, sort, type'. The name was first popularized by Johanna Spyri's children's book Heidi (1880) in which Adelheid alias Heidi was the titular character. The 1937 film version starring Shirley Temple as Heidi further established the name in the USA.
Heidi is a shortening of Adelaide (English and Italian).
Heidi is also a diminutive of Adelheid (Dutch, German, and Scandinavian) in the Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Scandinavian, and Spanish languages.
Heidi is also a diminutive of Hildegard (English and German) in the Dutch, English, German, Scandinavian, and Spanish languages.
Heidi has 23 variants that are used in English and foreign languages. English variants of the name include Heid, Heida, Heidee, Heidey, Hidea, Hidee, Hidey, Hidi, Hidie, Hidy, Hiede, Hydee, Hydey, Hydi, Hydie, and Hydy. Other English forms include the spelling variants Haidee, Heide (used in German too), Heidie, Heidy (used in Dutch and German too), and Hiedi. Haydee (German) and Heiki (Hawaiian) are variants of Heidi that are used in foreign languages.
Heidi is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name's popularity grew from the 1940s up to the 1970s. At the modest peak of its usage in 1974, 0.299% of baby girls were named Heidi. It had a ranking of #60 then. The baby name has experienced a decline in popularity since then. In 2012, it ranked at #334 with a usage of only 0.048%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Heidi was 1.471% more frequently used than the subsequent ranked name, Adelaide, in 2012.
† Pronunciation for Heidi: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
A famous person named Heidi is Model Heidi Klum, born 1 June 1973, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.