"gentle strength"

Mildred Origin and Meaning

The name Mildred is a girl's name of English origin meaning "gentle strength".

When scientists do research on the effects of an unpopular name, we're afraid that Mildred is one of the examples they cite, often in tandem with Bertha and Gertrude. But with cute nickname Millie on the rise, anything's possible.

Mildred is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that became popularized in England via an eighth century saint. In the US, she was a Top 10 choice from 1903 to 1926. A literary/cinematic Mildred is James M.Cain's noir protagonist Mildred Pierce, portrayed on screen by Joan Crawford in an iconic role. Mildred Bailey was a great jazz singer.

# 972 in the US

Mildred Rank in US Top 1000

# 1090 on Nameberry

Mildred Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Mildred Popularity

Famous People Named Mildred

  • Mildred NatwickAmerican actress
  • Mildred BaileyAmerican singer
  • Mildred HarrisAmerican actress
  • Mildred DunnockAmerican actress
  • Mildred DavisAmerican actress and wife of Harold Lloyd
  • Mildred BensonAmerican author
  • Mildred "Millie" JacksonAmerican singer
  • Mildred "Millie" KirkhamAmerican singer
  • Mildred "Millie" DeeganAmerican female baseball player
  • Mildred Plumberauthor of Sunday Exploits
  • Adele Mildredillustrator, designer and milliner
  • Mildred Delores Lovingplaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage

Mildred in Pop Culture

  • Mildred Lathburyone of novelist Barbara Pym's "Excellent Women"
  • Mildred Harpercharacter on Two and a Half Men
  • Mildred Piercenovel by James M. Cain
  • Mildred Huxtettercharacter from The Muppet Show
  • Mildred Montagcharacter in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Mildred Rogerscharacter in "Of Human Bondage"
  • Mildred Keithcousin of Elsie Dinsmore
  • Margaret Mildred "Kit" KittredgeAmerican Girl doll
  • Mildred "Millie" Helperneighbor on The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Mildred HubbleThe Worst Witch
  • Millerna Astonsecondary character, a princess, in the anime Escaflowne
  • Mildred Plumberauthor of "Sunday Exploits"
  • Mildred Hayescharacter in film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri"