[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:

Hello List

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, 
Lisa, etc.

My  25 öre!

Elisabeth Thorsell

Swedish Genealogist & Writer

Editor of "Swedish American Genealogist"

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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 
roadblock.   Thanks.



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 
specific help.  

See Wikpedia.com for some information about Mount Ida, _Princess  Ida_, Ida 
Saxton McKinley, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

--Ida Skarson  McCormick, _idamc at seanet.com_ (mailto:idamc at seanet.com) ,  

Jay Fonkert,  CG
Saint  Paul, MN

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