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Pronunciation /ˈnɑːdə/
Gender female
Word/Name Slavic/Greek/Italian

Nadia is a female name, used predominantly in Italy, Spain, France, Russia, Iran, and some Arab countries. Its origins are likely in the Arabic language although it is widely used in the Slavic and Russian language. Variations include: Nadja, Nadya, Nadine, Nadzia, Nadiya, Nadiyya, Nadija, Nadzeya, Nada and Nantia. During the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Ottoman Islamic Empire was one of the most powerful states in the world controlling much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and the Caucasus. With the spread of the Islamic Empire came the spread of the Arabic language. The word 'nadiya' in Arabic refers to dew or the drops of water on the plant in the early morning. It also is related to the verb 'nadaa' meaning to call or announce, as is mentioned in the Holy Quran.

In the case of the Slavic languages, the name Nada is the word for "hope" in most of South Slavic languages, Nadiya (Надія, accent on the "i") is the Ukrainian word for "hope", while Nadzeya (Надзея, accent on the "e") is the equivalent in Belarusian, both derived from Old East Slavic. In Bulgarian and Russian, on the other hand, Nadia or Nadya (Надя, accent on first syllable) is the diminutive form of the full name Nadyezhda (Надежда), which also means "hope" and derives from Old Church Slavonic, it in turn, being a translation of the Greek word ελπίς (Elpis), with the same meaning.

The name's early roots and origins date back to Ancient Greece mythology. In most other languages it is a name in its own right. In Russian military aircraft, the warning system voice is given the name "Nadia". Interestingly, this resembles the Arabic meaning exactly.

Many languages have an equivalent to the Slavic language version, that is to say, the given name Hope exists in different languages. In English it is, precisely, Hope, in Spanish, Esperanza, in Catalan and Portuguese, Esperança, in French, Espérance, in Italian, Speranza, etc.

In Arabic, Nadiyyah means tender, delicate. Variations include the French name Nadine.

Its name days are:

  • Bulgarian: 17 September
  • Czech: 17 September
  • Greek: 17 September
  • Hungarian: 1 August
  • Russian: 30 September
  • Slovak: 23 December
  • Swedish: 8 April
  • Ukrainian: 30 September

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