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

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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.

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Famous People Named Hilda

Pop Culture References for the Name Hilda

Hilda, Sabrina's aunt on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (full name Hildegarde Antoinette Spellman)
Hilda Wade, early female detective from "Hilda Wade, Hospital Nurse" (1900) by Grant Allen
Hilda Hidalgo, Manuela's mother in the video game "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles"
"Hot Ice" Hilda - space outlaw and character in the anime Outlaw Star
Hilda, the princess of Lorule, in the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Hildie, Hildy, Hylda

Hilda's International Variations

Ildikó (Hungarian) Hilde (Scandinavian)