Aida (given name)
|Language(s)||Arabic, Latin, African|
|Meaning||"Returning", "Helper", "Distinguished"|
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Aida or Aïda // is a female given name. Variants include: Ada, Aeeda, Aída, Aide, Aidee, Ade, Ajda, Ayeda, Ayeeda, Ayida, Ida, Ieeda, Ieta and Iyeeda. The name is derived from the Arabic name "Ayda" "عايدة" or "عائدة" in formal Arabic.
The name was used by Auguste Mariette for his sketch of the plot which Giuseppe Verdi later used for his opera of the same title, Aida. In the Italian opera, Aida is an Ethiopian princess. Mariette claimed that the name was authentically Egyptian, writing in a letter "Don't be alarmed by the title. Aida is an Egyptian name. Normally it would be Aita. But that name would be too harsh, and the singers would irresistibly soften it to Aida." It may be derived from a name recorded on the Rosetta Stone.
Unrelated to this origin, the Italian name meaning for 'Aida' is "Happy".(TBN) 'Aida' is also sometimes traced to other African languages. Aida (相田) is also a Japanese surname, meaning to "run across the field".
Notable people named Aida
- Aida Begić (born 1976), Bosnian film director and screenwriter
- Aida González (born 1962), Panamanian writer and doctor
- Aída Álvarez (born 1950), Puerto Rican politician and journalist
- Aida Turturro (born 1962), American actress
- Aída Yéspica (born 1982), Venezuelan beauty pageant
- Aida Mollenkamp (born c. 1978 or 1979), American Chef and Food Network personality
- Aida Muluneh (born 1974), photographer
- Aida El-Ayoubi (born 1961) Egyptian singer
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- Jon SOLOMON The Rosetta Stone, Ptolemaic Aetos, and Aida
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