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Noble one, of noble birth
Etymology & Historical Origin - Heidi
Heidi is the mainly Swiss pet form of the German name Adelheid (from the French Adélaïde). Adelheid comes from the Germanic elements “adal” meaning ‘noble’ and “heid” meaning ‘kind, sort, type’ – therefore Heidi essentially comes from a name that means ‘the noble one’. Though mainly a nickname used in Switzerland, Heidi became popular among English speakers shortly after the 1880 publication of the children’s classic “Heidi” by the Swiss writer Johanna Spyri. After penetrating her grandfather’s reclusive heart and harsh exterior, demonstrating acts of ‘nobility’ and kindness, and running around the Swiss Alps with her adventurous spirit, this little girl walked into the hearts and imaginations of all her readers. Today, Heidi continues to be a Top 100 favorite name in England, Northern Ireland and Australia.
Popularity of the Name Heidi
Heidi came onto the U.S. naming charts in 1939, shortly after the lovable Shirley Temple portrayed the character of “Heidi” in a popular film. This probably helped bring the name back to life. Like Alice, Wendy or Madeline, Heidi is a quintessential little girl’s name thanks to the classic and widely read children’s story. The height of Heidi’s popularity in the United States came between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s when she maintained a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored girl names for almost 20 straight years. Heidi has been on the decline since the 1990s, although Heidi Klum gave the name a jump on the charts between 2005 and 2006 following the successful debut of her show “Project Runway”. Heidi can’t help but be a “cute” and youthful name thanks to the girl from the Alps. But it also has a Swiss-German ethnicity that sets it apart from other common nicknames.
Popularity of the Girl Name Heidi
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Heidi
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Heidi
Heidi (Heidi) Heidi is the beloved little girl of Swiss author Johanna Spyri’s 1880 novel, Heidi, which had numerous adaptations, including the classic movie of the same name, starring Shirley Temple, in 1937. Heidi is a five year old orphan who is brought by her aunt to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. Grandfather is an embittered old hermit living in seclusion, but Heidi soon works her magic on him (picture the adorable little Shirley Temple’s winning smile), and brings him out of seclusion into the world again. In addition to melting the old grandfather’s heart, Heidi also teaches her young friend Peter to read and encourages her invalid friend, the young Clara, to walk again. Clara’s rich, grateful family sets up a fund for Heidi in the event that her grandfather may not always be able to care for her, and everyone lives happily ever after. And it’s not saccharine – truly! It’s a simple tale of decent people meeting challenges and trying to make the best of them, with an endearing child in their midst.
Popular Songs on Heidi
Heidi - a song by Ruby
Heidi Hates Me - a song by The Huntingtons
Heidi Hoe - a song by Common [explicit]
Heidi is a Headcase - a song by The Ramones
Children's Books on the Baby Name Heidi
Heidi (Johanna Spyri) - What happens when a little orphan girl is forced to live with her cold and frightening grandfather? The heartwarming answer has engaged children for more than a century, both on the page and on the screen. Johanna Spyri’s beloved story offers youngsters an endearing and intelligent heroine, a cast of unique and memorable characters, and a fascinating portrait of a small Alpine village. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret (Wanda Coven) - Meet Heidi Heckelbeck. Heidi seems like any other 8 year-old. She eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. She hates all vegetables. She picks on her younger brother, Henry. She begrudgingly does her homework. But Heidi Heckelbeck has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Heidi loves practicing her witching skills. Her parents worry that one day she’ll slip up and their secret will be discovered, but Heidi insists that she’s always careful to disguise her powers. (She has had some close calls, though.) While Heidi’s witching skills will come into play in each book, the fact that she’s a witch won’t be the central aspect of each story. Heidi will encounter the same challenges that any 8-year-old would, and she will need to find a way to balance her desire to use her powers and her need to fit into her new school. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. Also Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell is the next book. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Famous People Named Heidi
Famous People Named Heidi - Heidi Klum (model); Heidi Montag (reality TV); Heidi Barrett (California winemaker); Heidi Berry (singer/songwriter); Heidi Fleiss (famous madam); Heidi Mueller (actress); Heidi Neururer (Olympic snowboarder); Heidi Roizen (businesswoman); Heidi Mount (model)
Children of Famous People Named Heidi
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Heidi - Larry Hagman (actor)
Heidi - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Heidi - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Heidi.
Personality of the Girl Name Heidi
The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.
Variations of the Baby Name - Heidi