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Quick Facts on Nadia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Russian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 325
NAH-dee-ah or NAH-dyә
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Nadia

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Nadia

Nadia is the English and French spelling of Nadya, which is a pet form of the Russian name Nadezhda, a word that means ‘hope’. Depending on the pronunciation, Nadia can either be a two or three syllable name. In Russia, Nadya is primarily used as a pet form, but in English-speaking counties, Nadia developed into an independently given name in its own right since the 20th century. From an early period, Russian naming practices have mainly been influenced by the Orthodox Church which prevented native Slavic names in favor of saintly names up until the 19th century (hence the influence of Greek Byzantium). Nadezhda is an example of a religiously inspired name (meaning hope) out of Russia that would soon give the English speaking world the lovely Nadia. Nadine is another French variant of the Russian Nadezhda.

Popularity of the Name Nadia

The name Nadia made her debut on the U.S. popularity charts in 1976, the same year a tiny 14 year old Romanian gymnast named Nadia Comăneci dominated the 1976 Montreal Olympics and walked into the hearts of Americans everywhere. Nadia gained significant media attention as a result of her Olympic success, and the name Nadia went from total obscurity in America to #360 on the charts. The name has enjoyed relative moderate success on the charts since the 1970s and reached its highest position on the charts in 2005 at #178. In the past couple of years, Nadia is showing backwards momentum on the charts, but that’s ok. It just means that fewer little girls out there have to share this lovely name. There’s a lot to be admired about Russia’s rich and complex history, including their massive contribution to the arts and literature. They’ve also given us some wonderful female names like Nadia, Tatiana, Anastasia, Natalya and Natasha. If you’re Russian-American or just a fan of Russian culture in general, you really can’t go wrong with a name like Nadia. It’s pretty, it’s unique, it’s never been overused, and its meaning (Hope) is the very thing that we all have for our children’s future.
Popularity of the Girl Name Nadia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Nadia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Nadia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Nadia

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

  • Popular Songs on Nadia

    Popular Songs on Nadia

    Nadia's Theme - an instrumental classical piece conducted by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Nadia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Nadia

    Amelia Hits the Road (Marissa Moss) - Amelia and her family head off on a wild ride through the Wild West-and visit her old best friend, Nadia. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Amelia takes command (Marissa Moss) - Amelia escapes a classroom bully when she heads off to Space Camp with her friend Nadia. But she discovers that there are bullies in outer space, too. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Luv, Amelia, Luv, Nadia (Marissa Moss) - Amelia can't wait for Nadia's next letter. When it finally comes, Nadia needs help! Can Amelia find the answer to Nadia's problem-and to her own family secret? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Nadia's Hands (Karen English) - Nadia, a Pakistani-American girl, is chosen to be the flower girl at her aunt's traditional wedding. On the day of the ceremony, Auntie Amina applies a henna paste (mehndi) to the girl's hands and then draws intricate patterns on them. Nadia knows that the designs will not wash off by the time she goes back to school on Monday, and she is very concerned about what her classmates will think. This story of one girl's coming to terms with her heritage is illustrated in oil pastels. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    The View from Saturday (E.L. Kognisburg) - Four unlikely students, Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian become bonded together when their teacher chooses them to represent their class in an Academic Bowl competition. At the State Finals, each must answer a question which in turn reveals their interlocking and complementary natures and lives. A touching story of friendship, compassion, growth, and the importance of telling your story. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Nadia

    Famous People Named Nadia

    Famous People Named Nadia - Nadia Comăneci (Olympic gymnast); Nadia Boulanger (French composer); Nadia López (Mexican singer); Nadia Wayans (actress); Nadia Petrova (tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Nadia

    Children of Famous People Named Nadia

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Nadia - Vladimir Ashkenazy (Russian composer/pianist)

Personality of the Girl Name Nadia

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Nadia

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