Adele (given name)

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Meaning'Nobility' in German, from Proto-Germanic aþalą; cf. English athel
Other names
See alsoAdela, Adelaide, Adelheid, Adelia, Adeline

Adele (also spelled Adèle) is a feminine given name meaning 'nobility'. It derives from German Adel meaning 'nobility' or adal, 'noble'.[1]

Its male form is the Germanic given name Adel. It should not be confused with the Arabic name ʻAdil (or ʻAdel), which has a different pronunciation and means 'just' in Arabic.

People with the given name[edit]




Fictional characters[edit]

  • Adele Verans, the young French ward of Mr. Rochester in the novel Jane Eyre and its adaptations
  • Adele Airota, mother-in-law of the narrator Elena in the Neapolitan Novels
    • Elena's daughter, also named Adele Airota, but always called Dede
  • Adèle Blanc-Sec, main character of Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec written by Jacques Tardi
  • Adele Mundy, Communications Officer librarian, and spy in the RCN Series space opera
  • Adele Azupadi, a character in the TV series The Story of Tracy Beaker
  • Adele Stackhouse, Sookie's grandmother in True Blood
  • Adèle Ratignolle, a standard of feminine beauty in the American classic The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Adele Ferguson, a character in the book Behind Her Eyes (novel) by Sarah Pinborough


  1. ^ Satran, Pamela Redmond; Rosenkrantz, Linda (2007). The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide By America's Baby-Naming Experts. Macmillan. p. 31. ISBN 9780312352202.