Evoking mystery and international flavor, Nadia is a pretty, English-French version of Nadya, which has Russian ties. The name that means “hope” first made the rounds in 19th-century France as a nickname but was an independent first name by the 20th century. American parents flipped for this baby name when Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci stole the spotlight—and won the gold medal—at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
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