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Gender: F Meaning of Hilda: "battle woman" Origin of Hilda: German

Short for Brunhilda, the operatic Valkyrie of Teutonic legend, Hilda still has not quite shaken off that image that image. Though with the resurgence of Matilda, she might just have a bit of a comeback.

On its softer side, St. Hilda is the patron saint of learning, culture and poetry; Hilda Doolittle was the poet known as H. D. Hilda was a Top 100 name in the early decades of the twentieth century, hanging in until 1986--her image not helped by the green-complected comic strip character Broom-Hilda. Still popular in Sweden, where she now ranks at Number 77.

Famous People Named Hilda

Saint Hilda of Whitby, English abbess
Hilda "H.D." Doolittle, American poet and novelist
Hilda Rix Nicholas, Australian painter
Hilda Lucia Solis, 25th U.S. Secretary of Labor
Hilda Koronel (born Susan Reid), Filipina actress
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, British Prime Minister

Pop Culture References for the name Hilda

Hilda Wade, detective in 'Hilda Wade, Hospital Nurse' by Grant Allen
Hilda Lessways, character in 'The Clayhanger Family' series by Arnold Bennett
Hilda Alice Ogden, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Hilda Spellman, character on TV's 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch'
"Hot Ice" Hilda, character in manga "Outlaw Star"
Hilda, character in video game "Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds"
Hilda Hidalgo, character in video game "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles"
Hilda, the name of the female protagonist from Pokemon Black and White
Hilda Hansoff, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

Hildie, Hildy, Hylda

Hilda's International Variations

IldikÓ (Hungarian) Hilde (Scandinavian)