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Pronunciation /ˈnɑːdə/
Gender female
Word/name Slavic, Greek, Latin, and Arabic
Meaning Hope (sometimes also can be referenced as delicate and fragile)

Nadia is a female name, diminutive of the given name Nadezhda, used predominantly throughout the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Arab world. It has also seen some popularity in Quebec. Its origins are in the Slavic and Ancient Greek languages. Variations include: Nadja, Nadya, Nadine, Nadiya, Nadiyya, Nadija , Nadiyeh and Nadinah.

The name Nadia means hope in many Slavic languages, e.g. Ukrainian Nadiya (Надія, accent on the "i"), Belarusian Nadzeya (Надзея, accent on the "e"), and Old Polish Nadzieja, all of which are 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), meaning "hope" and derived from Old Church Slavonic, which it entered as 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[citation needed] 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: 21 May[1]
  • French: 18 September[2]
  • Russian: 30 September
  • Slovak: 23 December
  • Spanish: 13 April
  • Ukrainian: 30 September
  • Polish: 1 August, 1 September, 15 May

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  1. ^ "Greek Name Day Calendar". 
  2. ^ "Prénom Nadia". Retrieved 2016-07-11.