Heidi (given name)

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Heidi is a feminine given name. It became an internationally popular first name as a direct result of the novel. It is an affectionate diminutive of the name Adelheid (English: Adelaide), which means "nobility" or, more loosely, "of noble birth". The name began to be used in the English-speaking world shortly after the 1937 release of the movie adaptation. In German-speaking countries, Heidi is also used as a diminutive for other names, such as Heidrun, Heidelinde and Heidemarie.