Origin: Slavic; Georgian
Meaning: it could mean “young girl” from Slavic mlada, or “bride” or “girl, maid”; the etymology is not clear.
I’ve also seen the name listed as the feminine form of Lado, a Georgian masculine short form of Vladimer from Russian Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “peaceful ruler”.
In Slavic mythology, Lada (also known as Lado) is the goddess of love, beauty and marriage, often associated with the other goddesses Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She’s depicted as a young woman with long golden hair with ears of grain braided in it to represent fertility. Lada is also associated with the summer season and her animals are a cock, a deer, an ant and an eagle, and plants associated with her are a cherry, a dandelion, a linden, and a peony.
However, since Slavic mythology had not been written down in the past, much of the folklore was lost and it’s believed that Lada had never existed in the first place but had been created out of the mistaken belief that the terms used in folk songs (Lada & Lado) were referring to a god/goddess.