|Derivation||From Old High German adal, from Proto-Germanic *aþalaz, whence also Old English æthel, Old Norse aðall|
|Region of origin||Northern Europe|
|Alternative spelling||Ådel, Ædel, Adell|
|Variant form(s)||Edel, Adil|
|Related names||Adela, Adelaide, Adele, Adelheid, Adolf, Aldo, Ethel|
Adel (English: // ( listen)) is a Germanic monothematic given name native to Northern Europeans. The name means "noble" or "nobility". It is also found as a surname, sometimes with a prefix—such as den Adel or van Adel. Modern variants of the name include Norwegian Ådel, Danish Ædel and Yiddish Adell. It is the root of the names Adelheid, Adolf, Albert, Alice, and their variants in other languages.
- 1 Origins
- 2 Popularity
- 3 Variations of the name
- 4 Notable people
- 5 Fictional characters
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 See also
Derived from the Old English word æthel, meaning "noble"—and by extension the Proto-Germanic word *aþalaz, meaning "nobility", the name itself is used throughout most of Germanic-speaking Europe as the word for nobility.
Other possible origins include:
- the Ancient Greek word αδηλ, meaning "concealed" and "not apparent", a combination of the privative α prefix and the word δηλως—meaning "visible" and "evident"—or Δήλος—Delos, Aegan island and birthplace of Artemis and Apollo.
- a latinisation of the Biblical Hebrew name עֲדִינָא, meaning "slender" and "delicate".
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In the United States
Variations of the name
In other languages
Adel and its variants may refer to a number of notable people:
- Daniel Adel (born 1962), American painter and illustrator
- Deng Adel (born 1996), Australian basketball player
- Sharon den Adel (born 1974), Dutch singer and composer
- Ilunga Adell (born William Adell Stevenson in 1948), American television and film producer, screenwriter and actor
- Joan Elies Adell i Pitarch (born 1968), Catalan-language poet and essayist
- Traci Adell, Playboy Playmate of the Month for July 1994
- Adel I Friso of Friesland (died c. 245 BC), King of Friesland
- Adel II Atharik of Friesland (died c. 151 BC), King of Friesland
- Adel III Ubbo of Friesland (died c. 71 BC), King of Friesland
- Adel IV Asega Askar of Friesland (died c. 11), King of Friesland
- Adel F. Halasa (born 1933), American scientist
- Adel S. Sedra (born 1943), Canadian electrical engineer
Literature and journalism
- Adel A. Darwish (born 1954), British journalist
- Adel I. Farag (born 1977), British academic
- Adel T. Khoury (born 1930), German Catholic theologian
- Adel Kutuy (1903−1945), Soviet Tatar poet, writer and playwright
- Adel Manna (born 1947), Israeli historian
- Adel Souto (born 1969), American musician
- Adel Tankova (born 2000), Ukrainian-born Israeli Olympic figure skater
- Adell (アデル), a major character in the video game Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
- Adel Frost (아델 프로스트), a minor character in the now-discontinued two-dimensional side-scrolling MMORPG Grand Chase
- Adel, a minor character in the video game Final Fantasy VIII
- Âdel, a character in Pleasure and Suffering
- Adel, a character in Winter of Discontent
- It is also used as a short form of any of the various names containing adal as an element.
- Wells, Evelyn (1946). A Treasury of Names. Duell, Sloan and Pearce. pp. 167–168. ISBN 9780385001830. OCLC 1400921.
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- Otterbjörk, Roland (1979). Svenska förnamn: kortfattat namnlexikon. Almquist & Wiksell. ISBN 9789121109373. OCLC 258437884.
- Eseverri Hualde, Crisostomo (1979). Diccionario etimológico de helenismos españoles. Aldecoa, SL. p. 687. ISBN 9788470090721. OCLC 431915107.
- Campe, Joachim Heinrich (1807). Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache. Schulbuchhandlung. ISBN 9783487024691. OCLC 3497871.
- De Vries, Jan; De Tollenaere, Felicien (1963). Nederlands Etymologisch Woordenboek. Brill Publishers. ISBN 9789004083929. OCLC 1073712.
- Larousse, Pierre (1864). Grand dictionnaire universel du XIXe siècle. Tome 1. Larousse & Boyer. p. 88. ISBN 9782869711938. OCLC 489966495.
- Merriam-Webster: Dictionary and Thesaurus. Merriam-Webster, Inc. Retrieved 2016-11-12. .
- "Adel – as a first name". Whitepages.com. Whitepages, Inc. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
- "Popularity of the Surname Adel". The Internet Surname Database. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
- "Adel – as a last name". Whitepages.com. Whitepages, Inc. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
- Förstemann, Ernst Wilhelm; Jellinghaus, Hermann; Seelmann, Emil Paul (1900). Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, P. Hanstein. ISBN 9781270754695. OCLC 6433213.
- Kruken, Kristoffe; Stemshaug, Ola (2013). Norsk personnamnleksikon. Det Norske Samlaget. ISBN 9788252173680. OCLC 857408033.
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