Cool Name of the Week: Adele

Congrats to Adele, who picked up yet another Grammy yesterday—that makes nine total for her now—for her song “Set Fire to the Rain.” She’s going to be rocking the Oscars with her Bond theme “Skyfall,” and she’s adoring life as a new mom (to a son apparently named Angelo).

I’m thinking she’s going to make her name just as golden as well. Since Adele’s meteoric rise to the top of the charts, her name has become red-hot as well—it rose nearly 300 places between 2010 and 2011, and my guess is that we’ll find it hovering near the top 300 when the next top U.S. names chart hits in early May. So it’s a perfect pick for my cool name of the week.

You might think Adele’s related to Adeline, but it’s actually based on the name Adelaide, and means “noble.” (Not a bad trait for your future daughter.) And though it’s short enough to be nickname-resistant, if you do like the Addy or Ellie nicknames, it’s a fabulous way to reach it.

Adele opted to become a one-name wonder, like Madonna, Prince and Rihanna, but she actually has two middle names: Laurie and Blue. (Her mother was obviously way ahead of her time!) Of her two middle names, I would have skipped the tamer Laurie and picked beautiful Blue for her middle name.

If you aren’t keen on following too closely in the “Rolling in the Deep” singer’s footsteps, Adele’s the kind of name that can suit a variety of middle names. I like the floral names for a middle name pairing with this classic moniker: Violet, Rose, or Dahlia would all make beautiful choices with Adele. If you like some of the more classic middle names, Jane or Caroline would have a nice flow coming after Adele.

Is Adele on your short list? And do you know any baby Adeles who were born recently? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby naming news.

Photo: Pregnant woman via Ronald Summers/Shutterstock.com

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