HEL-ga, HEL-yah
"holy, blessed"

Helga Origin and Meaning

The name Helga is a girl's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "holy, blessed".

A traditional Nordic name, Helga was extremely popular throughout Scandinavia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In Germany, it was a Top 10 pick from 1924 to 1943. And it still ranks in the Icelandic Top 50 today.

In the English-speaking world, Helga has been associated with a series of unfortunate characters in popular culture, from the wife of Hägar the Horrible in the comic strip of the same name, to Helga Pataki from the kids' TV show Hey Arnold!. But more recent, more positive Helgas – like Helga Hufflepuff, one of the four founders of Hogwarts, and a character in the drama series Vikings – could redeem the name.

Helga's Russian cognate, Olga, is a classic there, and still ranks in the Russian Top 50 today.

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Helga Rank in US Top 1000

Helga Popularity

Famous People Named Helga

  • Helga Niessen MasthoffGerman tennis player
  • Helga Liné (born Helga Lina Stern)German,born Portuguese,Spanish actress
  • Helga Mathilde MeyerGerman opera singer and mother of Sandra Bullock
  • Helga FrierDanish actress
  • Helga KrapfGerman,Filipina actress
  • Helga HörzGerman philosopher
  • Helga PedersenNorwegian politician
  • Helga ZeppLaRouche, German political activist; wife of Lyndon LaRouche
  • Helga SeidlerGerman runner
  • Helga FeddersenGerman actress
  • Helga DerneschAustrian operatic soprano
  • Helga AndersAustrian actress
  • Helga TestorfGerman model for painter Andrew Wyeth
  • Helga Erika Ivertowski HörzGerman philosopher and feminist
  • Helga HaaseGerman speedskater
  • Helga von CrammGerman,Swiss painter
  • Sharon Helga CorrIrish singer of band The Corrs

Helga in Pop Culture

  • Helga Hufflepuffcharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Helga Geraldine Patakicharacter on animated series "Hey Arnold!"
  • Helga Phuglycharacter in animated series "The Oblongs"
  • Helgaa character in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Marsh King's Daughter"
  • Helgawife of Hägar the Horrible in the newspaper comic strip
  • Helga Sinclairmercenary in Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Helgacharacter in video game Suikoden IV
  • Helga Geerhartcharacter on British TV series 'Allo 'Allo!
  • Helga Von Guggencharacter in animated television series Totally Spies
  • Helgacharacter in fighting video game Human Killing Machine
  • Helga von Hintencharacter in Taboo (TV Series), played by Franka Potente