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PronunciationEnglish: /ˈnɑːdiə/[citation needed]
Word/nameSlavic, Greek, Latin, Persian, Armenian, Albanian and Arabic
MeaningHope (sometimes also can be referenced as delicate and fragile)

Nadia is a female name, used predominantly throughout the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caucasus, and the Arab world. It has also seen some popularity in Quebec, France and Ireland. Its origins are in the Slavic and Ancient Greek languages. Variations include: Nadja, Nadya, Nadine, Nadiya, and Nadiia.

The name Nadia means "hope" in many Slavic languages, e.g. Ukrainian Nadiya (Надія, accent on the i), Belarusian Nadzeya (Надзея, accent on the e), and Old Polish Nadzieja, all of which are derived from Old East Slavic. In Bulgarian and Russian, on the other hand, Nadia or Nadya (Надя, accent on first syllable) is the diminutive form of the full name Nadyezhda (Надежда), meaning "hope" and derived from Old Church Slavonic, which it entered as a translation of the Greek word ελπίς (Elpis), with the same meaning.

The name's early roots and origins date back to Ancient Greece mythology. In most other languages, it is a name in its own right. In Russian military aircraft, the warning system voice is given the name Nadia.[1]

In Arabic, Nadiyyah means "tender" and "delicate".[2]

Nadia is the name of:


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  • Nadia Al-Kokabany, Yemeni novelist, short story writer and academic
  • Nadia Anjuman (1980–2005), poet from Afghanistan
  • Nadia Brown, American poet, writer, and author
  • Nadia Cavalera (born 1950), Italian novelist, poet and literary critic
  • Nadia Chafik (born 1962), Moroccan novelist
  • Nadia Davids (born 1977), award-winning South African writer
  • Nadia Drake, science journalist who writes the No Place Like Home blog for National Geographic
  • Nadia Fezzani, Canadian journalist/author; researches American serial killers
  • Nadia Hashimi, pediatrician, novelist, and a Democratic congressional candidate
  • Nadia Hijab, Palestinian political analyst, author and journalist
  • Nadia Maftouni (born 1966), Iranian philosopher and artist who is married to disabled Iranian artist Hossein Nuri
  • Nadia Mitsopoulos, Australian journalist
  • Nadia Muhsen (born 1965), British author who wrote Sold: Story of Modern-day Slavery and A Promise to Nadia
  • Nadia al-Ghazzi (born 1935), Syrian lawyer and writer
  • Nadia Tueni (1935–1983), Lebanese Francophone poet, who authored of numerous volumes of poetry
  • Nadia Wheatley, Australian writer whose work includes picture books, novels, biography and history; author of Five Times Dizzy


  • Nadia Ali (singer) (born 1980), Pakistani-American singer-songwriter
  • Nadia Azzi (born 1998), American classical pianist of Lebanese-Japanese origin
  • Nadia Batson (December 7) is a Trinidadian singer, songwriter, producer and model
  • Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), French composer, conductor, and teacher
  • Nadia Krasteva, Bulgarian mezzo-soprano
  • Nadia Malm (born 1986), Danish singer who collaborated with Svenstrup & Vendelboe
  • Nadia Meikher (born 1982), Ukrainian singer-songwriter, actress, poet, television personality and fashion designer
  • Nadia Mladjao (born 1979), French pop-soul singer better known by her stage name Imany
  • Nadia Oh, English singer, rapper, producer and model
  • Nadia Reid, New Zealand folk singer-songwriter
  • Nadia Reisenberg (1904–1983), American pianist of Lithuanian birth
  • Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg (born 1961), Italian and American classical violinist and teacher
  • Nadia Sirota, American viola player
  • Nadia Turner, American singer, songwriter, actress and radio/television personality
  • Nadia Zighem or Nâdiya (born 1973), French R&B singer of Algerian origin


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  1. ^ Antonio Ramos (2012). "Típicamente ruso". Retrieved 16 September 2018. There is no other sound than that of our engines, the odd "Roger" on the part of our wingman, or the warnings given to us by "Nagging Nadia" (the synthesized voice equivalent to "Bitching Betty" on the planes of the USAF).
  2. ^ "Al-Maany Dictionary". Retrieved 16 September 2018.