Nadia - Meaning of Nadia
[ 2 syll. na-dia, nad-ia ] The baby girl name Nadia is pronounced in English as NAADYah or NAEDYah †. Nadia is of Russian and Arabic origin, and it is used mainly in the English, French, German, Italian, Russian, African, Arabic, and Swahili languages. The name was first used in France in the 19th century. It became well-known among English-speakers by the 20th century, popularized in part by the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (1961-).
In addition, Nadia is a contraction (English, French, German, Italian, and Russian) of the German and Russian Nadjeschda and a variant spelling (English, French, German, Italian, Russian, African, Arabic, and Swahili) of the German, Italian, and Russian Nadja; it is also a pet form (English, French, German, Italian, and Russian) of the Russian and Slavic Nadezhda.
Nadia is also a pet form of the Arabic Nadiyya.
Anadia, Naadiya, Nadean, Nadeana, Nadeane, Nadeen, Nadeena, Nadeene, Nadege, Nadena, Nadene, Nadezda, Nadiah, Nadie, Nadien, Nadija, Nadijah, Nadin, Nadine (used in French too), Nadira, Nadiyah, Nadjae, Nadjah, Nads, Nadusha, Nadyn, Nadyna, Nadyne, Nadyuiska, and Nadzia. Other English forms include the contraction Nad, the pet form Nady, and the variant spellings Nadea, Nadiya (used in Russian too), and Nadya (used in Russian, and Arabic too).
Foreign derivatives of Nadia include Dusya (Russian), Nada (Russian), Nadenka (Russian), Nadège (French), Nadina (Latvian and Russian), Nadka (Russian), Nadyenka (Russian), Najdia (German), and Nata (Polish). The origin and meaning of the name Nadia is inherited by all variant forms.
See also the related form, the English Hope.
Nadia is popular as a baby name for girls. The name has been growing in popularity since the 2000s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2005 with 0.095% of baby girls being given the name Nadia. Its ranking then was #178. In 2012, it ranked at #293 with a usage of 0.056%, and it was the most regularly used among all girl names in its group.
† Pronunciation for Nadia: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
A famous person named Nadia is Nadia Comaneci, Gymnast, born 12 November 1961, Onesti, Moldava, Romania.