The name Heidi ranked 327th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 241st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name makes a strong showing in state popularity data of the 1970s, but makes few (if any) appearances on lists compiled after that period.
This short form of Adelheid emerged among the German Swiss. It gained world-wide popularity upon the publication of Johanna Spyri's 1881 children's novel Heidi.
In 1937 the first of a number of film versions of the tale was released. Child star Shirley Temple helped to create the blonde and blue-eyed stereotype that some associate with Heidi. However, the title character in the novel is dark-haired.