Naming the Fishes

A Blog For Name Lovers Everywhere


6a00d8345159f569e20133f450ef30970b-400wiToday’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:

  • Heidi Klum, a famous model
  • Heidi Dupere, an actress
  • Heidi, a character in Twin Peaks
  • Heidi, a character in the Butterfly Effect







4 comments on “Heidi

  1. victoriabruce
    April 9, 2013

    My best friend at school was a Heidi. She was also German and according to your blog she exemplified her name as very noble type. She died in her early twenties, but her nobility is something I will always treasure.

    • namingthefishes
      April 11, 2013

      It does have a lovely meaning and I’m glad its special to you. :)

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  3. Pete Denton
    April 21, 2013

    I always associate this with the tv programme that was on in the 70s and 80s about Heidi. Great theme for your A to Z Challenge. :)

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