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Hilda was originally a nickname for Brunhilda. This harsh origin makes this baby name still appear strong and brutal. Despite this powerful status, Hilda is a top 6,000 option for girls in America.

Meaning of the name Hilda:

German: battle woman

Origin of the name Hilda:

Hilda began as a nickname for other German names. It represented those titles that began with the “hild” prefix. Hilda became popular in Old England and Germany before the seventh century. Saint Hilda of Whitby continued to spread this title throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. It dropped off for a while after, getting revived in the 1800s.

Symbolism of the name Hilda:

The baby name Hilda now has a specific meaning, despite starting as a nickname for longer titles. It comes from the prefix “hild” in the Germanic language. “Hild” translates to “battle” in English, making Hilda mean “battle woman.”

Style of the name Hilda:

Traditional

Gender of the name Hilda:

Hilda is an old-fashioned name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Hilda:

HIL-duh or HIL-da

Number of syllables in the name Hilda:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Hilda:

Hilda is a vintage-sounding and formal name for girls. It is wholesome and strong.

Alternative spellings for the name Hilda:

  • Hillda
  • Hylda
  • Hyllda

Nicknames for the name Hilda:

  • Hil
  • Hillie
  • Hilly
  • Hildie
  • Hildy
  • Hildi

Popularity of the name Hilda:

Hilda was a top 100 baby name in America from 1901 to 1905 and in 1906. It ranked highest in 1903 at number 88. Hilda stayed on the top 1,000 list until 1986 when it was at rank 934. As of 2021, Hilda is number 5,925 for girls.

Related names for the name Hilda:

Great middle names for Hilda and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Hilda:

  • Hilda Doolittle (poet, novelist)
  • Hilda de Nassau (princess of Luxeumbourg)
  • Hilda Heine (former president of the Marshall Islands)
  • Hilda Solis (former Secretary of Labor)
  • Hilda Koronel (actress, “Insiang”)
  • Hilda Geiringer (mathmetician)

Hildas in popular culture:

  • Hilda Berg (character from “Cuphead”)
  • Hilda Wade (character from “Hilda Wade, Hospital Nurse”)
  • Hilda Lessways (character from “The Clayhanger Family”)
  • Hilda Ogden (character from “Coronation Street”)
  • Hilda (character from “Outlaw Star”)
  • Hilda (character from “Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds”)
  • Hilda (character from “Pokemon Black and White”)
  • Hilda Hansoff (character from “The Children of the Red King”)