The baby name Ida is of uncertain derivation. One theory is that it’s based on a Germanic element meaning meaning “work.” Another is that it’s based on a Germanic element meaning “wise woman, seeress.”
Here are nearly a dozen impressive people named Ida:
- Ida Barney (1886-1982), American astronomer.
- Ida Freund (1863-1914), Austrian-born English chemistry teacher. Invented periodic table cupcakes in 1907.
- Ida H. Hyde (1857-1945), American physiologist. Invented the microelectrode in 1921.
- Ida Lewis (1842-1911), American lighthouse keeper and life-saver.
- Ida Noddack (1896-1978), German chemist and physicist. Co-discovered rhenium (1925) and was the first to propose the idea of nuclear fission (1934).
- Ida L. Pfeiffer (1797-1858), Austrian traveler.
- Ida Rhodes (1900-1986), Ukranian-born American mathematician.
- Ida Rosenthal (1886-1973), Belarusian-born American dressmaker and businesswoman. Co-founded Maidenform in 1922.
- Ida M. Tarbell (1857-1944), American journalist.
- Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), African-American journalist and social reformer. Anti-lynching campaigner.
Do you know of any other equally cool people named Ida?