Adela - Meaning of Adela
[ 3 syll. a-de-la, ad-ela ] The baby girl name Adela is pronounced ah-DEHL-ah (English) or aa-DEH-Laa (Polish) †. Adela has its origins in the Germanic language. It is used largely in English, German, Polish, Czech, Romanian, and Spanish. It is derived from the word adal which is of the meaning 'noble, honorable'. Adela is sometimes used as the short form of names beginning with 'Adel-', such as 'Adelheid'. These names were often bestowed by early Frankish nobility to emphasize their baby daughters' lineage and marriageability. The distinct name was introduced to England by the Normans in the 11th century. Adela was the name of the youngest daughter of William the Conqueror, while the mother of William the Conqueror was named Adelicia or Adeliza. The name was also borne by Saint Adela, a 7th-century Frankish princess who founded a monastery in France.
Adela is a form (English, German, and Polish) of Ada.
Adela is also a contracted form (Czech, English, Polish, and Spanish) of the English and Italian Adelaide.
Adela is the feminine version of the German Adal.
The name Adela is used to a great extent; it has 75 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Adal, Adala (used in German as well), Adalaid, Adalaide, Adalayde, Adalee, Adalene, Adalheida, Adali, Adalia, Adalicia, Adalie, Adalin, Adalina, Adaline, Adaliz, Adall, Adaly, Adalyn, Addal, Addala, Addaly, Adel, Adelade, Adelae, Adelah, Adelaid, Adelaida, Adelajda, and Adelayde. Other English variants include the familiar forms Ada (used in African, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Czech as well), Addi, Addie (used in German, Greek, and Irish as well), Addy (used in Greek as well), Adelita (used in Spanish as well), and Della.
Forms used in foreign languages include Adelka (Czech and Polish), Adèle (French), Adéla (Czech), Adélie (French), Akela (Hawaiian), Aleida (German), Alette (French), Alida (Hungarian), Alita (Spanish), Etelka (Hungarian), and Lela (Spanish).
See also the related categories, princess (queen), romanian, daughters, english, mother, noble, normans, conqueror, nobility (perfection), spanish, czech, youngest, polish, saint, england, and german.
Adela is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1911, 0.014% of baby girls were named Adela. It was #522 in rank then. The baby name has substantially slipped in popularity since then, and is currently used only on a very light scale. In 2018, out of the family of girl names directly related to Adela, Adeline was the most regularly used.
† Pronunciation for Adela: AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"