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Ida is a given name occurring independently in several cultures. In Germany, Ida is a female name derived from a Germanic word id, meaning "labor, work".[1] Alternately, it may be related to the name of the Old Norse goddess Iðunn. Ida also occurs as an anglicisation of the Irish girl's given name Íde.[2]

Ida is a currently popular name in the Nordic countries and is among the top 10 names given to girls born in 2013 in Denmark. It was among the top 20 names for newborn girls in Norway in 2013 and among the top 50 names for newborn girls in Sweden in 2013. It was among the top 10 names for girls born to Swedish speaking families in Finland in 2013. Finnish variant Iida was among the top ten most popular names given to newborn girls in Finland in 2013. Ida was at its height of popularity in the United States in the 1880s, when it ranked among the top ten names for girls. It remained among the top 100 most popular names for girls there until 1930. It last ranked among the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States in 1986.

Ida may refer to:

Word/nameAncient Germanic
Other names
DerivedOld Norse 'ið' meaning 'deed' or 'action'
Related namesIida, Idella




  • Ida Barlow, fictional character in the television series Coronation Street
  • Ida Blankenship, fictional character in the television series Mad Men
  • Ida, character in the book Ik kan nog steeds niet vliegen
  • Ida, fictional character in Jaishankar Prasad's poem Kamayani
  • Ida Lebenstein, protagonist in the 2013 Polish film Ida
  • Ida, protagonist in Monument Valley (video game)
  • Ida Wagner, character in book "Ida" by Alison Evans
  • Princess Ida, eponymous heroine of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera


  • Ida, Asteroid 243. Named after the nymph Ida from Greek mythology.

Other usesEdit

  • Ida, daughter of Corybas and mother of Minos, in Greek mythology
  • Ida (goddess), a goddess in Hinduism

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mike Campbell. "Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Ida". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  2. ^ Ó Corráin, Donnchadh; Maguire, Fidelma. Irish Names. The Lilliput Press. ISBN 0 946640 661.