[ syll. na-dia, nad-ia ] The baby girl name 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.
Nadia is a widely used name; it has 62 derivatives that are used in English and foreign languages. Derivatives used in English include 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 fairly popular as a baby name for girls. The name jumped in popularity from the 1970s up to the 2000s; prior to that, it was of only very light use. Its usage peaked modestly in 2005 with 0.095% of baby girls being given the name Nadia. Its ranking then was #178. The baby name has since experienced a decline in frequency. In 2018, it ranked at #393 with a usage of 0.042%, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Hope, among all girl names in its group. It was 63% more frequently used than Nadia in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Nadia include Naadiya, Nadiah, Nadusha, Nadzia, Nameata, Nameatah, Nameeta, Nameetah, Namita, Namyta, Namytah, Nandita, Nanditia, Nanita, Natacha, Natanna, Natica, Natsue, Natsuki, and Natsuko.
A famous person named Nadia is Nadia Comaneci, Gymnast, born 12 November 1961, Onesti, Moldava, Romania.