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Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Happy

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This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Ida in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Ida:

  • Records indicate that 182,325 girls in the United States have been named Ida since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 4,449 people in the U.S. were given the name Ida. Those people are now 102 years old.

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    Comments about the name Ida

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      17 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Ida and since I was born in Albania it is pronounced Eda, "I" is always pronounced like an "E". I have travelled a lot and have noticed that usually when they hear my name in the USA they write it Itha or Etha, never quite understood why, I mean if you have to write it based on what you hear shouldnt it be Eda?! Anyway, I wouldnt change my name for anything, across the years I have progressively identified myself perfectly with the name. It is not that common where I come from and where I currently live (Italy), it makes a good topic for conversation when you travel, be it in Europe or outside, and sure, the "oh my grandmother/aunt/people in the 1900 had that name" is a must in every conversation around the world, but was astonished when I found out that it means "goddess of sacred speech" in Sanskrit and that in nordic mythology it comes from Idunn "goddess of youth" who has an old-fashioned-boring-lady-like name now, suckers?!ahahah i love my name, its so simple you can find it anywhere in the world even though it never comes across as very common, oh, except in Scandinavia, but if you're a foreigner there, it feels more like home :-D" Aug. 27, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ida. I'm from Norway, and we pronounce it "EDA". I know a lot of Ida's, and I actually like the name :)" Apr. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida, I'm from Finland and Iida with 2 i, is a finnish version of Ida, but I'm Ida with one i. I don't know why there is the other i, because it doesn't sound different. I hated my name when i was younger (I'm 17 now) because everyone, literally everyone had the same name. We were 3 Idas in my class and it was so confusing but now... I like it very much. Simple and short, a cute name and it suits me :) The name is pronounced EEDA or EEEEDA here." Jun. 14, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter (born this year) is called Ida after her grandma who came from The Gambia.... it is very popular there :-)" Dec. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Everybody knew me in my school growing up I was the only one with the name IDA RUTH, I also was named after my great Aunt whom raised my father due to his mother dying in 1917 and my mother. I have always loved my name & its uniqueness plus the fact I was not Ida May gave it another individuality. Interestingly enough I have always been a thirsty person, as well as a happy hard working person." Jan. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name too and i like it very much.Some people find it difficult to say and often call me other names like Lida,Ada...Can't understand,cause it's too easy to spell and I think there's nothing strange in it." Nov. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida and I just love it. It's very multicultural name, in addition to english speaking countries, it's for example also commonly known name in Nordic countries, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark." Jul. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is this seriously pretty girl at my school named Ida.... wish she was my friend haha, shes nice too." May. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby girl is named Ida, and here in Scandinavia the name origin from Idun (Iżunn)- the norsk goddess of youth." Dec. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's me again. I just forgot to write "Thumbs Up" for Idaaaa =D!" Oct. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida. I am scandinavian so its a pretty normal name I guess. I quite like it. however when I moved to Portugal, to an international school the americans and english speaking tends to say it "Ai-da" which makes me rather mad. Tell them to change it and they do. There are not many here in Portugal with that name, so thats good. Then at least you know who you are talking about rather than saying: Ida who? Ida that or Ida that? -. the Poruguese tend to say it: Itha .. Not cool either." Nov. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ida. I like that it is unusual, but also very recognizable, and I like that it has an old-fashioned feeling." Mar. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "That's my mommy's name! It's old fashioned...but pretty easy" Nov. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida, and the only thing about it is I get called Idaho a lot. I like it nonetheless, but it's unique." Jan. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "well.. in malaysia they always calls me E-da. its kinda annoying to tell the truth. other than that, because of my name, people always thinks i am a malay" Jan. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know three Idas and all of them love their name. One Ida complains that people pronounce it "Ay-dah", like the Spanish name Ada. Why? We have no idea." Nov. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ida is mispronounced sometimes but not often. It should be pronounced by saying just "the letter I and da like saying "duh". I've only met 2 Ethiopian people with that name. The Ida I know gets straight A's and is sooo smart. She's beautiful too!" Nov. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Ida and I absolutely hate that name. My brother got a nice normal name, Stephen, my sister got a gorgeous unique name, Sadaya, and I get stuck with a stupid name like Ida. I was named after my grandmother. The 2 other Ida?s i know, one is an old lady (what a surprise) and some other woman. I was tormented all through school over a lot of things, and my name was one of them. If you love your child, and live in the US, please, do your child a favor and don?t name her Ida. But at least I didn?t get stuck with a name like Harriet, or Bertha, or Carmella. So it could?ve been worse. I still resent my mom a little for giving me such a crappy name though." Feb. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was tormented growing up with the name Ida. School mates used to call me Idaho. Most of the girls in my clas have wonderful names like Summer and Sunshine. I was stuck with Ida. To make matters worse I was named after a hard working lady, (as the name means), she was my Grandmother. She was born in the early 1900s. She married my Grandfather who was violent. the name has a very negative, bland, and simple meaning to me. Ida- labor, work. I hate my name! And I was bullied because my name was different. I grew up in California, not many Idas my age around. In fact I heard and still hear, "My (insert grandma, aunt, or great aunt here), was named Ida. My father, not a U.S. Citizen, called me Eeda which sounds prettier. If you name your child Ida Good luck. People still ask me if that's really my name." Jul. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Gran was called IDA. She was born in 1910 in Warwickshire and moved to Tooting in London not long after. It is a strange name and I have never come across anyone else known as it. However she too was a strong hard working lady and died at the age of 97." Nov. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't like it. It's my name too. It always amazes how many people cannot figure out how to say it. It is only 3 letters. How can you go wrong?" Sep. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      22 Neutral Comments

  • "Sanskrit girl names with meaning Ida इडा-comfort,earth, heaven, cow, libation, recreation, animation, speech, godess of speech, vital spirit, stream & flow of worship & praise [a name of godess of sacrifice and worship] # Ida ईडा-commendation, praise # Idika इडिका-earth # Ilasuta इलासुता-daughter of earth(Sita)" Jun. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida. I'm from germany so its pronounced more like Eda. I like the name, but I hate to tell people my name because they always misunderstand it. They often think its Lina or even Nina." Jul. 28, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is IDA also. People find the name interesting sweet and nice but I feel weird when someone calls me IDA. Honestly I don't like the name but I guess its not a bad name after all." Nov. 2, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names ida, and people in my school always call me idaho lol (the state!!!)" Jun. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ida as well i always liked the name even though i sometimes get annoyed when people pronounce it wrong my parents come from poland but i was born in the uk and i think that i was named after my great nan .(I pronounce it as EDA but write it as ida so that can be confusing for some :) )" Jan. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida, and I must say: I've never liked my name! It's overly common in Norway and Scandinavia and doesn't sound good in English. But I'm still young, perhaps I'll except it when I'm 90 or so." Jul. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida and living in Denmark it is apretty commen name in 2010 it is the second most given girl name in Denmark. I was named after my grandmohter. I like my name but becourse it is so commen in Denmark it some times gets a bit confusing" Jul. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oh my God i love the name IDA. Simple and shot but very difficult to pronounce by first timers. I love the name IDA because its not popular, People take a second look at me after mentioning the name. Am from Ghana in Africa. so far i have met three people in Ghana who bear the name IDA. I love my name." Jun. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida and I really love it.. I used to dislike it in gradeschool, but i have grown to love it. It's very unique, short and sweet and simple." Dec. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is a bad name i hate it call call ur son this or little girl please" Mar. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Ida and I'm 16 years old. I'm from Bulgaria - Sliven. I am the only person with this name in my town and when the people meet me hey ask me is that your full or real name :D Everybody pronounce it correct. I like it. It's original and I haven't heared for someone else whit that name. Sorry if I have mistakes but I'm learning now ;]" Oct. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida, named after my grandmother who was also named Ida. I'm in my 30s, so growing up it was a very unusual name. Yes, was called Idaho a lot, or Ore-Ida (and various potato nicknames as derivations therefrom.) A bit annoying but not too terrible in retrospect. I live in the states, and grew up pronouncing it "Ey-da," but have since traveled quite a bit and been called "ee-da" enough that I answer to that as well. I've been told that it's a German-Russian-Scandanavian-Indonesia-Malaysian-etc. name. I think it's common because it's so easy to put those two sounds together; in fact, one of my nephews first words was 'Ida' but it wasn't me - it was his curse word! He would drop a toy, make a face, and say "Ay-Da, Ay-Da." That always made me laugh. These days the most common remark I get is "Ida - that was my grandmothers name." To which I always reply "Mine too!"" Aug. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida, and in Albania where I live it is spelled as EDA , so I like "E" is spelled. I like it is short is not very common (the thing I like most, becouse I hate common names) and really gives to me a feeling of strength." Jul. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am the youngest of 3 children. My dad told me that when I was born, I wasn't crying...I was literally born with a smile. How cool is that!! Hehe. I love my name, it originated from my dad's mother, Alida. And apparently she was very compassionate and I'm trying to live up to that. Facing each new day with a smile and leaving the worries of yesterday where they're suppose to be...behind you. Smile at strangers walking by's amazing how they react and smile back at you (very rewarding). I've heard all kinds of pronunciations and I don't really mind it. I know who I am, so that is okay with me. As long as they spell it correctly. :-D" Jun. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Still rather uncool and old ladyish in English-speaking cultures and pronounced 'eye-da' - whereas it is now popular in Germany and Scandinavia in the pronounciation 'ee-da'. In Spain, this is a feminine word ('ido' in the masculine) which means "gone" or "departed"." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend is named IDA, in Switzerland, her home country it is pronounced EE-DAH. The meanings of the name (diligent, industrious, happy), fit her exactly. I have noted thoughout my life that the Ida's I have met have always had very strong, confident personalities." Feb. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "in my country we pronounce it EE-dah. in my life i'v emet only one other person with this name" Jan. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think curston is a cool name or ava i like em both" Dec. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ida and in grade school i was called idaho and other variations of it. I prefer the spelling Ayda to Ida" Apr. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Name Ida or Iida is quite commonly used in Finland as well as in other Scandinavian countries. My sister's name is Iida and it used to have an old-fashioned sound but in my opinion it has already disappeared. Beautiful name" Mar. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great grandmother's sister's name was Ida. My mothers side of the family is of scandinavian lineage. Ida was a common name given in Norway, Sweden and less commonly in the other scandinavian countries. American immigrants from the nordic countries in the mid19th and late 19th century names their daughters Ida and perhaps German immigrants too. My family traces it's first roots in America to Dickson, North Dakota. I am not sure how popular that name is in the Dakotas anymore. The name Ida seems to have a certain antiquated air about it in this day and age. I found out it means "industriousness" which certainly would be apt when describing my grandmother's sister. She was a fine woman." Jan. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ida. My nieghbor used to sing to me as a child Ida sweet as apple cida. Ida Lupino a famouse movie star. Female of the hindu energy that goes up the spine. Ofcourse Idaho. The word "Ho"Ebonically refers to a permiscuos woman. I don't like that reference." Jan. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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