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Adela is a good example of a traditional name that has fallen out of use in the United States. In fact, many might know it best as the name that John Travolta accidentally called Idina Menzel when presenting an award! Read on to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Adela:

German: noble

Origin of the name Adela:

Adela is a name of German origin that means “noble”.

Symbolism of the name Adela:

Adela tends to symbolize the hope of a family that a child will grow up to not only be successful, but also to be of good character.

Style of the name Adela:


Gender of the name Adela:

Adela is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Adela:


Number of syllables in the name Adela:


Emotion evoked from the name Adela:

Adela tends to evoke emotions of general happiness and trustworthiness.

Alternative spellings for the name Adela:

  • Adehla
  • Adelah

Nicknames for the name Adela:

  • Adie
  • Dell
  • Della

Popularity of the name Adela:

According to the Social Security Administration, Adela last ranked as one of the most popular baby names in the United States in 1957, when it was the 935th most popular name. The name peaked in popularity in 1901 when it was the 513th most popular name.

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Great middle names for Adela and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Adela:

  • Adela Verne (English pianist)
  • Adela Raz (Afghan politician)
  • Adela Noriega (Mexican actress)

Adelas in popular culture:

  • Adela Quested (character, A Passage to India)
  • Adela (character, The Forever Purge)
  • Adela (character, The Lady of the Dawn)