The name come directly from the Russian, meaning “hope.” Other forms include:
- Nada (Croatian/Serbian/Slovene)
- Naděžda (Czech)
- Nadège (French: nah-DEZH)
- Nagyezsda (Hungarian)
- Nadzieja (Polish: nah-JAY-ah)
- Nadežda (Slovakian)
In modern Russian history, the name was most notably borne by the wife of Josef Stalin, Nadezhda Alliluyeva (1901-1932).
Russian diminutive forms are: Nada and Nadya. Czech diminutive forms is Naďa. Name-days are September 17 (Czech Republic/Russia), September 30 (Bulgaria), December 23 (Slovakia).