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Of Germanic origin.

From the Old High German name Adalhaid, composed form the elements “adal”, meaning noble, inheritance and “heid”, meaning kind, sort, and in proto-Norse, meaning brightness.

Several members of the old European nobility were bearers of the name: Saint Adelaide of Italy, wife of Emperor Otto the Great, Adelaide of Poland, Adelaide of Holland, Adélaïde of Orléans and Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, for whom several cities of the former British Empire were named, including Australia’s Adelaide.

Alternative forms of the name are: Adelina, Ada, Addy, Adela, Alida, Alisa, Elke, Alice, Alicja, Alicia, Heidi, Alina, Adelita, Adelia.

Famous bearers are Adelaide Clemens, Adelaide Kane, Adélaïde Leroux, Adelaide Anne Procter.

Adelaide Clemens is an Australian film and television actress.

She played in the television series “Parade’s End” alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.

In 2012 she played in M.J. Bassett’s “Silent Hill: Revelation” and in 2013 in B. Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby”.