Heidi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Swiss German Heidi, a pet form of Adelheid, equivalent of English Adelaide and Alice. The name became internationally popular due to the children's book Heidi (1880).

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Heidi

  1. A female given name.
    • 1983 John le Carré, The Little Drummer Girl, Pan Books, ISBN 0330282565, page 142:
      "Heidi?" Kurtz echoed. "Heidi? That's a damned odd name for an English elder sister, isn't it?" "Not for Heidi, it isn't," she replied buoyantly, and scored an immediate laugh from the kids beyond the lighting. Heidi because her parents went to Switzerland for their honeymoon, she explained; and Switzerland was where Heidi was conceived. "Among the edelweiss," she added, with a sigh.
    • 2012 April 19, Josh Halliday, “Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?”, the Guardian:
      But the purported rise in violent videos online has led some MPs to campaign for courts to have more power to remove or block material on YouTube. The Labour MP Heidi Alexander said she was appalled after a constituent was robbed at knifepoint, and the attackers could be found brandishing weapons and rapping about gang violence online.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Heidi.

Proper noun[edit]

Heidi

  1. A female given name.

References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 17 830 females with the given name Heidi have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1970s. Accessed on 19 May 2011.

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Heidi, also seen as a variant of Hedi, from Hedvig.

Proper noun[edit]

Heidi

  1. A female given name.

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Heidi.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈheidi]
  • Hyphenation: Hei‧di

Proper noun[edit]

Heidi

  1. A female given name.

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The most common name of girls born in Finland in 1979-83.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally a Swiss German diminutive of Adelheid.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Heidi

  1. A female given name.
    • 1880 Johanna Spyri, Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre, translated as Heidi, Chapter 6:
      "Willst du lieber Heidi heißen oder Adelheid?" fragte Klara. "Ich heiße nur Heidi and sonst nichts", war Heidis Antwort. "So will ich dich immer so nennen", sagte Klara; "der Name geställt mir für dich, ich habe ihn aber nie gehört, ich habe aber auch nie ein Kind geleben, das so aussieht wie du.
      "Would you rather be called Heidi or Adelaide?" asked Clara. "I am never called anything but Heidi," was the child's prompt answer. "Then I shall always call you by that name," said Clara, "it suits you. I have never heard it before, but neither have I ever seen a child like you before.

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Heidi at the end of the 19th century.

Proper noun[edit]

Heidi

  1. A female given name.

References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • [2] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 15 794 females with the given name Heidi living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on April 18th, 2011.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Heidi.

Proper noun[edit]

Heidi

  1. A female given name.