Ida – University of Copenhagen


How many girls were given this name in 2009?



Ida is either a short form of an old German name such as Iduberga in which the first compound is related to the word 'id' meaning 'diligence', or a short form of Adelaide, which is a French form of the old German name Adelheid. The name Adelheid is a compound of the words adel ('noble') and heit ('kind' or 'state').


Ida has been popular since the beginning of the 1980s and its popularity culminated in 2004. Since then the popularity of the name has been gradually in decline.

Well-known bearers of the name

A well-known character bearing the name Ida, who was very likely a contributory factor in making the name popular, is Emil from Lønneberg's little sister.