As tender as Adelina may appear, this feminine Italian name boasts a fine line of notable figures whose accolades extend beyond mere beauty. Originating from the Old High German name Adalheidis, Adelina means "nobility" and shares close company with bearers that hold more than status. Perhaps most notable are St. Adelaide of Italy—one of the most influential women of the 10th century—and Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen for which the South Australian capital is named. But it is Adelina Patti that gives this variation its highest esteem. A renowned opera singer, her voice though small, was said to possess a pure, sweet sound that conquered all who heard her. So powerful was this soprano's range that Verdi declared her the greatest singer ever witnessed—noble praise indeed!
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