This name derives from the Old High German element “adal”, (Ancient Germanic:*aþalaz; Old English: æthel) meaning “noble”, native German short form of names containing the name element "adal". The name is also directly linked to the names Adelaide, Adelheid, Adelaida. Saint Adela was one of two princesses, the daughters of Saint Dagobert II. Adela was married and had a child by her husband, Alberic. Alberic died within a few years of the marriage. Despite multiple marriage offers, she chose to take up holy orders. Saint Adelina († 1125) was a French Benedictine nun honored as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
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