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Adelia is a lyrical classic baby name for girls. First popularized during the Victorian era, Adelia continues to resonate within literary and popular culture today. Adelia Aguilar is the protagonist of the Adelia Aguilar mystery series, and Adelia Chase was also a main character in The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Adelia:

Old Germanic: Noble, nobility
Greek: Invisible flower

Origin of the name Adelia:

Adelia originates as either an elaboration of Adela or a contracted form of Adelaida. Both names derive from the Germanic element adal (meaning “noble” or “nobility”). In addition, Adelia can refer to the name of a flower genus that derives from the Greek words α (meaning “not”) and δήλος (meaning “visible”).

Symbolism of the name Adelia:

Adelia is a contraction of the Germanic name Adelaida (meaning “noble” or “nobility”). Historically, the symbol of Germanic nobility was the heraldic eagle.

Style of the name Adelia:

Classic, Victorian, Floral

Gender of the name Adelia:

Adelia is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Adelia:


Number of syllables in the name Adelia:


Emotion evoked from the name Adelia:

The name Adelia evokes feelings of elegance and exalted nature.

Alternative spellings for the name Adelia:

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Popularity of the name Adelia

According to the Social Security Administration index, Adelia was the 2,179th most popular baby name for girls in 2020.

Related names for the name Adelia:

Great middle names for Adelia and their meanings:

  • Audre (noble strength)
  • Beryl (pale green precious gemstone)
  • Cadence (rhythm, flow)
  • Cleopatra (glory of the father)
  • Deanne (valley, deacon, superintendent, divine
  • Eva (breathe, live)
  • Fallon (leader, superior, ruler)
  • Mable (lovable, worthy of love)
  • Monserrat (jagged mountain, serrated hill)
  • Norine (woman of honor)
  • Sally (princess)
  • Trinity (triad, triple, three)
  • Vida (life)

Famous people with the name Adelia:

  • Adelia Pope Branham (poet)
  • Adelia Di Carlo (feminist)
  • Adelia Clooney (sister of actor George Clooney)
  • Adelia Luzia Prado Freitas (poet)
  • Adelia Sarah Gates (illustrator)
  • Adelia Cleopatra Graves (poet)
  • Adelia Antoinette Field Johnston (educator)
  • Adelia Armstrong Lutz (painter)
  • Adelia Constance Ocleppo (actress)
  • Adelia Elmer “Dede” Robertson (wife of televangelist Pat Robertson)
  • Adelia Soares (television personality)

Adelia in popular culture:

  • Adelia Aguilar (protagonist of the Adelia Aguilar mystery series by Ariana Franklin)
  • Adelia Chase (character in The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood)
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