[APG Public List] abbreviation [Ida]
JFonkert at aol.com
JFonkert at aol.com
Wed Mar 9 07:47:25 MST 2011
Yes, and though perhaps not common, Ida was a not uncommon Dutch name. I
encounter in an early 18th century Dutch community in Kentucky (of all
places!). And, my family hosted a Swedish foreign exchange student named Ida.
Christine Rose gives Eytic and Ydtje as Dutch/Frisian variants of the name.
In a message dated 3/9/2011 3:22:14 A.M. Central Standard Time,
elisabeth at etgenealogy.se writes:
Ida was a very common first name for women in Sweden in the late 1800s and
early 1900s. Now, about 100 years later, it is often used for little
girls, again. Partly because the little sister of Emil in Lönneberga, in the
books by Astrid Lindgren, is called Ida. There is also a song "Little Ida's
Summer Song" that is sung at most grade schools, when the summer vacation
Names of great grandmothers is very "in" here, like Emma, Alma, Sigrid,
My 25 öre!
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Ida Skarson McCormick skrev 2011-03-09 08:44:
On 3/8/2011 9:05 AM, Terry Parcel wrote:
Anyone know if Ida is an abbreviation for a woman's first name. Hitting a
Ida is a name in its own right, not a nickname in the usual sense. A
nickname for Ida is sometimes Idie. That's what my Missouri-born grandfather
called me, in his _Mark Twain Tonight_ accent, when he wasn't calling me Li'l
Mount Ida was 2 sacred mountains in Greek mythology (present-day Crete and
Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, _Princess Ida or Castle Adamant_ ,
opened in 1884. It was based on the 1847 poem "The Princess: A Medley" by
Alfred Lord Tennyson.
The name's popularity in the US was extended most likely because Ida
Saxton was President McKinley's wife.
Ida was very popular around the turn of the 20th Century but waned
thereafter. You don't know how many people have told me they had an aunt or a
grandmother named Ida.
Over the years Ida got paired with and merged with other names (maybe 2
people to name the baby after), such as Ida + Lee -> Idalee, Ida + Mae ->
Idamae, Ida + Elaine -> Idalaine. The Idalaine I knew in college was called
Ida was frequently used by immigrant women for themselves or their
daughters as a substitute for an Old Country name. Some immigrants carried over
Old Country naming patterns but substituted American names beginning with the
same or similar sound(s).
Among the Norwegian immigrants, for example, an American name beginning
with any vowel could be substituted for a name beginning with a vowel in
Norway. I was named after my mother's schoolmate whose parents came from my
father's parish in Norway.
A number of Jewish women are named Ida.
There was a 19th Century Black feminist leader named Ida B. Wells-Barnett,
for whom some Black women are named.
My name is pronounced with a long "I," but I respond, also, to EE-da in a
doctor's office, restaurant, etc. That pronunciation is used by some named
Ida, primarily Spanish speaking, I believe.
If you give us more information about the Ida you are inquiring about,
such as full name, dates, location, and ethnicity, perhaps we can provide more
See Wikpedia.com for some information about Mount Ida, _Princess Ida_, Ida
Saxton McKinley, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
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