Suggesting an ancestry that was originally be a combination of Germanic and Arabian. Since she mentions in the acknowledgements that she has a husband in the acknowledgements, it follows that in that case it is a woman's name. Even so, in the Arabic of today, Hadi (هادي) is a name used only for men, and it means "leader," or "guide." One could suppose that perhaps in the future it will come to be cross-pollinated by the German feminine name Heidi, so that it can be used for either gender.
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