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PronunciationEnglish: /ˈnɑːdiə/[1] or English: /ˈnɒdiə/[2]
Word/nameSlavic, Arabic
MeaningHope, delicate, fragile

Nadia is a female name. Variations include Nadja, Nadya, Nadine, Nadiya, and Nadiia. Most variations of the name are derived from Arabic, Slavic languages, or both.

In Slavic, names similar to Nadia mean "hope" in many Slavic languages: Ukrainian Nadiya (Надія, accent on the i), Belarusian Nadzieja (Надзея, accent on the e), and Old Polish Nadzieja, all of which are derived from Proto-Slavic *naděja, the first three 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 ἐλπίς (Elpis), with the same meaning.

In Arabic, the name is Nadiyyah, meaning "tender" and "delicate."[3] In the Dan language, the word Nãdienã simply means "girl".[4]

Notable people with the name Nadia include:





Musicians and singers[edit]

  • Nadia Ali (singer) (born 1980), Pakistani-American singer-songwriter
  • Nadia Almada (born 1977), Portuguese reality television star, winner of Big Brother UK
  • Nadia Azzi (born 1998), American classical pianist of Lebanese-Japanese origin
  • Nadia Batson, Trinidadian singer, songwriter, producer and model
  • Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), French composer, conductor, and teacher
  • Nadia Krasteva, Bulgarian mezzo-soprano
  • Nadia López (born 1983), Mexican singer and reality television star
  • Nadia Malm (born 1986), Danish singer who collaborated with Svenstrup & Vendelboe
  • Nadia Meikher (born 1982), Ukrainian singer-songwriter, actress, poet, television personality and fashion designer
  • Nadia Mladjao (born 1979), French pop-soul singer better known by her stage name Imany
  • Nadia Oh, English singer, rapper, producer and model
  • Nadia Reid, New Zealand folk singer-songwriter
  • Nadia Reisenberg (1904–1983), American pianist of Lithuanian birth
  • Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg (born 1961), Italian and American classical violinist and teacher
  • Nadia Sirota, American viola player
  • Nadia Turner (born 1977), contestant on American Idol season 4
  • Nadia Zighem or Nâdiya (born 1973), French R&B singer of Algerian origin


Writers and journalists[edit]


  • Nadia Bakhurji, Saudi interior designer who announced her candidacy in the 2005 Saudi elections
  • Nadia Gamal (1937–1990), Egyptian dancer of Greek descent
  • Nadia Giosia (born 1980), Canadian-Italian chef, comic actress and singer; presenter of Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen
  • Nadia Heninger, American cryptographer
  • Nadia Murad, Yazidi-Iraqi human rights activist
  • Nadia Tass (born 1956), Macedonian-Australian film director and producer
  • Nadia Yanowsky, Spanish ballet dancer
  • 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

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stewart, Julia (1996). African names : Names from the African Continent for Children and Adults. New York: Citadel Press. p. 95. ISBN 0806513861.
  2. ^ Stewart, Julia (1996). African names : Names from the African Continent for Children and Adults. New York: Citadel Press. p. 95. ISBN 0806513861.
  3. ^ "Al-Maany Dictionary". Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  4. ^ Dan Wordlist