Eng (AD-eh-LINE); Fr (ah-de-LEEN)
The name was a Medieval French diminutive form of Adéle which is from the Germanic Adela meaning “noble.” The name fell out of usage as a diminutive form and has been used as an independent given name in its own right since the late Middle Ages. The name enjoyed a trend in English speaking countries during the 18th and 19th-century. It has since then been creeping back into widespread usage. In 1999, Adeline stood at # 924 in the Top 1000 Female Names, it has risen all the way up to #361 in 2008. The name was borne by Blessed Adeline (b. 1125) a French nun known for her piety. It was also the nickname of Adelina Patti (born Adela Juana Maria Patti 1843). She was a famous opera singer of Italian descent. Other forms of the name excluding Adele are:
- Aline (French: popularized by a 1950s French pop song sung by Christophe of the same name)
- Alina (Polish/Russian/German/Finnish: diminutives in Polish include Alinka)
- Adelina (Spanish/Italian/Romanian/Romansch/Portuguese/Finnish/Bulgarian)
- Adelita (Spanish diminutive form, occasionally used as an independent given name, especially in Latin American Countries. It was popularized as an independent given name by a Mexican folk song of the same name)
Popular English nicknames include: Addie, Adele, and Del. In France, the designated name-day is October 20.