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Quick Facts on Adeline

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 232
a-də-LEEN or AD-ə-line
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Adeline

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Adeline

Adeline is the French diminutive of Adѐle, a popular name since medieval times thanks to the 7th/ 8th century St. Adele. She was the daughter of the Frankish King Dagobert II who became a nun upon the death of her husband, founded a convent and was revered for her holiness, prudence, and compassion. Adѐle was also the name borne by a daughter of William the Conqueror (which is how the name arrived in England in the 11th century). The name is Germanic in origin, from the word “adel” meaning ‘noble’. Adeline has been used occasionally among English speakers since the 16th century. Today, it is ranked with moderate usage in the United States and France.

Popularity of the Name Adeline

Adeline has been on the U.S. female naming charts since the 19th century. Back in the early 1900s, Adeline was at the top of her game. Never a Top 100 choice for girls, she nonetheless maintained high-moderate usage in America. The name began a decline on the charts in the 20s, 30s and 40s and finally fell from favor by the 1950s. Adeline would disappear from the U.S. naming charts completely for 45 years, reemerging finally in 1999. Her comeback has been moderate but triumphant nonetheless. She is clearly riding the wave of renewed interest in old-fashioned girl names. She has risen on the charts by over 600 positions in 10 short years. Today the name enjoys restrained popularity, but her momentum is only forward. This French beauty has been around forever, so her recent rediscovery is a welcome change to modern names like Addison. Adeline is genteel, cosmopolitan and downright lovely. Yes, it’s similar sounding to Madeline, but these two French names have distinctly different origins. Adeline denotes a ‘noble’ sensibility true to her etymology.
Popularity of the Girl Name Adeline
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Adeline

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Adeline

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Adeline

    Adeline We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Adeline.

  • Popular Songs on Adeline

    Popular Songs on Adeline

    Adeline - a song by Army of Freshmen

    Adeline, Out of Tune - a song by The New Amsterdams

    Lost In Adeline - a song by Junction 18

    Ruby Adeline - a song by Minnie Driver

    Sweet Adeline - a song by Elliot Smith

    Sweet Adeline - a song by The Fortunairs Barbershop Quartet

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Adeline

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Adeline

    Adeline (Bobby Strickland) - It's Valentine's day in the kingdom of Zeeland where Adeline Addison makes her home. All of the creatures, including the loveable pig, Hector P. Swine, have valentines for our sweet Adeline, but they mysteriously say the same thing! Adeline wonders what they could mean until a mountain of cards reveals an earth-shaking truth: "God loves you most." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Adeline's Dream (Linda Aksomitis) - Twelve-year-old Adeline Mueller has to fight to make a place for herself when her family comes to Canada from Germany to join their father in their new life. Adeline hasn't seen her father for four years, but his letters promise a splendid new life and a house of their own. When they step off the train in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, the reality is very different. Home is a sod house in "Germantown," a squatter settlement on CPR land, and for a long time Adeline can't forgive her father for bringing her here. Life in her new home is definitely dramatic. Adeline experiences a tornado, a devastating fire, and relentless prejudice from Sarah, a girl in her class. But she also makes friends. Minna, a Germantown girl, shows her how to pick wild berries, and Henry, a boy with a physical disability, helps her get precious library books. By Christmas, Adeline has begun to like Canada, forgiven her father, and won respect from Sarah with her singing ability. Sarah considers setting aside her own ambitions to choose Adeline to sing the solo in the Christmas concert. Could this really happen? Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Adeline's Porcupine (Bobby Strickland) - When Adeline finds a small and prickly porcupine named Grace on her doorstep, a lesson in God's grace begins. Zeeland's pampered pets, led by the haughty poodle, Penelope, poke fun at Adeline's quilled friend until Grace despairs, wishing she was pretty. Adeline reminds Grace that her beauty lies within--and compassion is a crown when Grace (who's been to Porcupine Scouts) resuscitates a drowning Penelope from her bone-shaped pool of vanity. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Adeline

    Famous People Named Adeline

    Famous People Named Adeline - Adeline Virginia Stephen (aka, Virginia Woolf, writer); Adeline Pond Adams (writer); Adeline, Countess of Cardigan and Lancastre (royalty); Adeline André (French fashion designer); Adeline Canac (French figure skater); Adeline Knapp (journalist/activist); Adeline Miller (aka Adeline Furman, American madam and prostitute)

  • Children of Famous People Named Adeline

    Children of Famous People Named Adeline

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Adeline - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Adeline.

  • Historic Figures

    Adeline - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Adeline Virginia Stephen (25 Jan 1882 – 28 March 1941) - Better known as Virginia Woolfe, Adeline Stephen was an English writer of essays, short stories and novels. She is considered one of the most important literary figures of the 20th century most known for her novels “To the Lighthouse”, “Mrs. Dalloway” and “Orlando”. Heavily influenced by Marcel Proust and James Joyce, To the Lighthouse employs stream-of-consciousness narrations and meandering paragraphs to depict the make-up of a family (the Ramsays). It’s more about thoughts and perceptions within the internal landscapes of her characters rather than black-and-white reality. This novel is considered one of the greastet modernist works of fiction in the English language. Nicole Kidman portrayed her in a critical acclaimed 2002 movie, “The Hours”.

Personality of the Girl Name Adeline

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Adeline

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