German, feminine variation of Wilhelm
"resolute protection"

Wilhelmina Origin and Meaning

The name Wilhelmina is a girl's name of German origin meaning "resolute protection".

Wilhelmina was long burdened with the Old Dutch cleanser image of thick blond braids and clunky wooden clogs, but that started to be changed somewhat by the dynamic Vanessa Williams character on Ugly Betty, and even further by the choice of Wilhelmina by ace baby namers Natalie and Taylor Hanson. For the less adventurous, Willa is, for now, still a more user-friendly female equivalent of William.

Wilhelmina was a lot more commonly heard in the U.S. at one time: it was as high as Number 215 in the 1880s, but has been off the list completely since 1955.

Queen Wilhelmina reigned in the Netherlands for most of the early twentieth century, becoming a heroic figure during the two World Wars. The name got an infusion of glamour via Wilhelmina Cooper, the Dutch-born model who established the top Wilhelmina Model Agency in 1967. Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott was the name of the Kate Capshaw character in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

To enliven her image, Wilhelmina has a plethora of nicknames: Mina, Minna, Minnie, Billie, and Willa. Wilma.

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Wilhelmina Rank in US Top 1000

# 318 on Nameberry

Wilhelmina Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Wilhelmina Popularity

Famous People Named Wilhelmina

  • Wilhelmina Helena Pauline MariaQueen of the Netherlands
  • (Frederika Sophia) Wilhelmina of PrussiaQueen consort of King William V of Orange
  • Wilhelmina Cooper (born Gertrude Behmenburg)Dutch,born American model
  • Wilhelmina FitzClarenceCountess of Munster, British noblewoman and novelist
  • Wilhelmina GeddesIrish stained glass artist
  • Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann DowsettAmerican Hawaiian suffragist
  • Wilhelmina Frances "Mina" RawsonAustralia's first cookbook author
  • Wilhelmina Elizabeth DruckerDutch politician and author
  • Wilhelmina BarnsGraham, British abstract artist
  • Wilhelmina "Mina" WylieAustralian swimmer
  • Wilhelmina Jane Hanson (b. 2012)daughter of singer Taylor Hanson

Wilhelmina in Pop Culture

  • Wilhelmina Vivian Slater (born Wanda Slater)character played by Vanessa Williams on TV's 'Ugly Betty'
  • Wilhelmina "Willie" Scotta main character from movie "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
  • Wilhelmina "Mina" Harkercharacter in Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Wilhelmina GrubblyPlank, frequent substitute for Hagrid in Harry Potter series
  • Wilhelmina/Wilma "Will" Vandomthe Guardian of Quintessence in comic and TV series "W.I.T.C.H"
  • Wilhelmina Carmelcharacter in Shakugan no Shana light novels
  • Wilhelmina "Helma" Zukasmain character in mystery series by Jo Dereske
  • Wilhelminamodeling agency founded by Wilhelmina Cooper
  • Wilhelmina "Mina" Grimmmain character in the "Unfortunate Fairy Tale" fantasy series by Chanda Hahn
  • Wilhelmina "Willie" princess character in Bruce Coville's The Dragonslayers
  • Wilhelmina Wyattcharacter in the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray
  • Wilhelmina "Minna" Timscharacter in The Mapmakers Trilogy by S. E. Grove
  • Shirley Wilhelmina Feeneycharacter on TV's 'Laverne & Shirley'.
  • Wilhelmina "Mina" CarstairsTessa and Jem's daughter in Cassandra Clare's books
  • Wilhelmina Ogilvymain character in "Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself", short story written by Radcliffe Hall