Brandler Institute of Chasidic Thought <bict@...>
Perhaps we ought not discount the possibility that sometimes "Ida" may be
the "secular" version of the popular Yiddish name "Aidel" meaning
fine/delicate. Although generally it became "Adel" or "Adeline" it possibly
may become "Ida". To this very day "Idy" as a nickname for "Aidel" is a
fairly common name in the Chasidic community, which takes great pride in
the precise continuity of the Jewish names it gives its children.
Abraham J. Heschel