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Today’s name is a pretty, little German name enjoying a nice surge of popularity… For many the main association with this name is the title character in the children’s novel Heidi (1880) by Johanna Spyri. A novel that has inspired quite a few adaptions including the 1937 movie starring Shirley Temple. It is a classic tale of childhood joys and friendships and has delighted and inspired generations of children.
The actual name Heidi is a diminutive of Adelheid, which is the German and Dutch form of Adelaide. It contains the elements adal “noble,” and heid “kind, sort, type.” Heidi is pronounced Hie-dee in English, however in Finnish it is pronounced hay-dee.
Currently Heidi is #91 in Australia, #331 in the U.S, #93 in the UK and #96 in Northern Ireland. And although it was at it most popular in the 1970s, Heidi is still evidently considered stylish.
Notable bearers of the name include: