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Nadia is a female name that means 'hope', used predominantly in Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, France, Russia, Portugal, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and some countries in the Middle East, such as Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Persia and Oman. Its origins are in the Slavic and Ancient Greek languages. Variations include: Nadja, Nadya, Nadine, Nadiya, Nadiyya, Nadija and Nadiyeh .
In the case of the Slavic languages, the name Nadia 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, or Old Polish Nadzieja all of them 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".
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 or "the calling".
Variations include the French name Nadine.
Its name days are:
- Bulgarian: 17 September
- Czech: 17 September
- Italian: 17 September
- Greek: 23 June
- Hungarian: 1 August
- French: 13 April
- Russian: 30 September
- Slovak: 23 December
- Swedish: 8 April
- Spanish: 13 April
- Ukrainian: 30 September
- Polish: 1 September, 15 May
Nadia is the name of:
- Nadia Comăneci (born 1961), Romanian Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast
- Nadia Cortassa (born 1978), Italian triathlete
- Nadia Dandolo (born 1962), Italian long-distance runner
- Nadia Davy Jamaican sprinter
- Nadia Petrova (born 1982), professional tennis player from Russia
- Nadia Styger (born 1978), Swiss alpine skier
In film, television and music
- Nadia Ali (born 1980), American singer-songwriter and Grammy nominee
- Nadia Almada (born 1977), Portuguese reality television star, winner of Big Brother UK
- Nadia Bjorlin (born 1980), American actress
- Nadia Batson, Trinidadian singer, song-writer and model
- Nadia Chambers (born 1968), Welsh actress
- Nadia Chan (born 1971), Hong Kong actress and singer
- Nadia Di Cello (born 1989), Argentine actress
- Nadia Farès (born 1973), French actress
- Nadia Litz (born 1976), Canadian actress
- Nadia López (born 1983), Mexican singer and reality television star
- Nadia Lutfi (born 1938), Egyptian actress
- Nadia Sawalha (born 1964), English actress and television presenter
- Nadia Tass (born 1956), Australian film director and producer
- Nadia Turner (born 1977), contestant on American Idol season 4
- Princess Nadia of Leiningen (born 1991), 129th in line to the British throne
- Nadia Abu El Haj, assistant professor at Barnard College
- Nadia Bakhurji, Saudi interior designer who announced her candidacy in the 2005 Saudi elections
- Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), French composer, conductor and teacher
- Nadia Camukova, college professor claimed to have the world's highest IQ
- Nadia Giosia (born 1980), Canadian-Italian chef, comic actress and singer; presenter of Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen
- Nadia Hashem, Jordanian journalist and politician
- Nadia McCaffrey, founder of Angel Staff and anti-Iraq War activist
- Nadia Savchenko, pioneering Ukrainian female pilot and soldier illegally imprisoned by Russia
- Nadia Wheatley, Australian author of Five Times Dizzy
- Nadia Yassine (born 1958), founder and head of the feminine branch of the Moroccan Islamist movement Al Adl Wa Al Ihssane
- Nadia Younes (1946–2003), Egyptian national who worked for the UN and the WHO, victim of the Canal Hotel bombing
- Nadia Espley, English Author of "Lieblings" The first of many books.
- Nadia, character in the movie "The Drop"
- Nadia, in the computer game Command & Conquer: Red Alert
- Nadia Yassir, from the TV series 24
- Nadia Jazeem, on the TV series Lost
- Nadia, a stripper on the TV series Dexter
- Nadia Petrova, Katherine's daughter on the TV series The Vampire Diaries
- Nadia La Arwall Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
- Nadia Santos, on the TV series Alias
- Princess Nadia, a character in the SNES/PS1 game Chrono Trigger
- Nadia, in the anime TV series El Cazador de la Bruja
- Nadia, in the American Pie film series
- Nadia, a Russian mail order bride in the 2002 film Birthday Girl
- Nadia Chernyshevski, in Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy
- Nadia, in Pandorum
- The Groovy Girls doll line, by Manhattan Toy, features a doll named Nadia.
- Nadia Stafford, the main character of her eponymous series by Kelley Armstrong
- Nadia, in the French cartoon titeuf.
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