[ 2 syll. i-da, id-a ] The baby girl name Ida is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced AY-Dah (English) or IY-Daa (Dutch, German) †. Ida has its origins in the Germanic language. It is used largely in Dutch, English, German, Indian, Italian, Portuguese, Scandinavian, and Spanish. The name is of obscure or multiple origins; it could be derived via Norman French from the Germanic id (meaning 'labor, work') or itis ('woman, virgin'), or else it could be from the short form of olden names with the element 'Ida-' such as Idaburga. The first name could also be from the name of the goddess Iduna in Norse mythology, or from the name of Mount Ida of Crete, known in Greek mythology as the place where Zeus was brought up. In Ireland, the name is sometimes taken as the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ita or Ide, which is from the element 'ita' meaning 'thirsty'. The name was brought by the Normans into England in the 11th century, but it fell into disuse by the 15th century. It saw a revival in the 19th century, promoted by its appearance in the Lord Tennyson narrative poem The Princess (1847) and the Sullivan and Gilbert comic opera Princess Ida (1884). Ida is the feminine version of the Dutch and Italian Ido.
The name Ida is used to a great extent; it has 47 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Eida, Eidah, Idaea, Idah, Idaia, Idalee, Idaleen, Idaleene, Idalena, Idalene, Idalia (used in German, Italian, and Spanish too), Idalie, Idalina (used in German and Spanish too), Idaline, Idalis, Idaly, Idalya, Idalyne, Idamae, Idana, Idania, Idarina, Idarine, Idaya, Idda, Idell, Idella, Idelle (used in German and Welsh too), Idet, and Ideta.
Forms used in foreign languages include Aida (Italian), Duscha (Russian), Ide (French), Idil (Welsh), Iduska (Czech), Iida (Finnish), Ita (Yiddish), Itka (Polish), and Itta (German). The diminutive Idona (German) is another foreign form.
See also the related categories, princess (queen), english, greek, element, zeus, norman, portuguese, virgin (pure), crete, opera, obscure, spanish, goddess, italian, dutch, french, indian, england, scandinavian, anglicized, gaelic, and german.
Ida is rare as a baby girl name. At the peak of its usage in 1901, 0.722% of baby girls were named Ida. It had a ranking of #34 then. The baby name has suffered a substantial drop in frequency since then, and is currently of only irregular use. Out of all girl names in its family, Ida was nevertheless the most frequently used in 2018. Ida has mainly been a baby girl name in the last century. There were 83 times more baby girls than boys who were named Ida in 1911.
† Pronunciation for Ida: AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"