Adela, Adele

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Germanic/Greek
Meaning: “noble; mud; secretive.”
Eng (uh-DEL-uh); (uh-DEL)

The most popular etymology for this name is that it is from the old Germanic word adal meaning “noble” however, other sources have linked it to the Anglo-Saxon word ádela (mud) and the Greek αδελος, (adelos), meaning “hidden; secretive.”

The name was borne by a 7th-century Frankish princess, known as St. Adela, she is noted for her establishment of a monastery in Pfazel, France. It was also borne by a daughter of William the Conqueror. Another notable bearer is British pop singer Adele

Adela has not ranked in the U.S. top 1000 since 1957 and Adele since 1969.

The Adela form is used in Catalan, English, Galician, German, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian and Spanish. Other forms of the name include:

  • Ethel (Anglo-Saxon/English)
  • Adéla/Etela (Czech-Slovak)
  • Della (English contraction)
  • Adèle (French: ah-DEHL)
  • Adele (German/English/Finnish/Italian)
  • Adél (Hungarian)
  • Etela/Etelka (Hungarian)
  • Adelia (Spanish)

The designated name-days are: July 8 (Latvia), June 30/October 20/November 23 (Lithuanian), December 22 (Slovakia), December 24 (France),