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Gender: Female Meaning of Helga: "prosperous, successful" Origin of Helga: Scandinavian

The name Helga is a girl's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "prosperous, successful". Helga and is often added to lists like Names from Harry Potter and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby Name SCRABBLE".

From the experts:

Flat-footed and broad-bottomed.

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Famous People Named Helga

Helga Niessen Masthoff, German tennis player
Helga Liné (born Helga Lina Stern), German-born Portuguese-Spanish actress
Helga Mathilde Meyer, German opera singer and mother of Sandra Bullock
Helga Frier, Danish actress
Helga Krapf, German-Filipina actress
Helga Hörz, German philosopher
Helga Pedersen, Norwegian politician
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, German political activist; wife of Lyndon LaRouche
Helga Seidler, German runner
Helga Feddersen, German actress
Helga Dernesch, Austrian operatic soprano
Helga Anders, Austrian actress
Helga Testorf, German model for painter Andrew Wyeth
Helga Erika Ivertowski Hörz, German philosopher and feminist
Helga Haase, German speedskater
Helga von Cramm, German-Swiss painter
Sharon Helga Corr, Irish singer of band The Corrs

Pop Culture References for the name Helga

Helga Hufflepuff, character in the Harry Potter series
Helga Geraldine Pataki, character on animated series "Hey Arnold!"
Helga Phugly, character in animated series "The Oblongs"
Helga, a character in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Marsh King's Daughter"
Helga, wife of Hägar the Horrible in the newspaper comic strip
Helga Sinclair, mercenary in Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Helga, character in video game Suikoden IV
Helga Geerhart, character on British TV series 'Allo 'Allo!
Helga Von Guggen, character in animated television series Totally Spies
Helga, character in fighting video game Human Killing Machine
Helga von Hinten, character in Taboo (TV Series), played by Franka Potente


Helga's International Variations

Helge (Norwegian) Helje (Danish)


paulapuddephatt Says:


We sometimes click on names we like - but not always...! For example, a super weird spelling may get clicked on many times. People are often curious enough to click on names just because they *are* weird, or terrible. Do I speak from experience??? 😀. That said, the annual site stats, for the popularity of names, is based upon "hits"...!!!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Same here. It isn't awful, but the sound doesn't appeal to me.

zmakqp Says:


If people click on a name it means they like it so nameberry shouldn't speak negatively about it.

Daiseymae Says:


I like its meaning, but I just don't like the sound of this name.

Floris Says:


It actually means "holy/blessed"!!

AlexxisLynn Says:


Not particularly my style although I like it. As the Harry Potter fan I am, I must make a shoutout to Helga Hufflepuff.

Impwood Says:


I honestly don't have the same image of this name as others seem to. I picture a girl with shimmery hair. The name means "holy", and in some Scandinavian languages and dialects it actually has a much softer sound than the "HELL-guh" that we usually pronounce it with. I wholeheartedly vote for a new description of the name.

Zelliew Says:


It means "flat footed & board bottomed" Well, that fits with my impression of the name Helga.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Nameberry, people don't click on names out of a desire to know what YOU think of them. Instead, we click on them because we want to know about the name - where it comes from, how old it is, what it means, what historical significance (either through culture or through people) it bears. Therefore, if you _must_ give your opinion - as childish as it is - then it would be better placed at the bottom of the page, beneath an actual, proper description of the name itself.

That aside, I came here because I've been watching the show Vikings and a side-character named Helga has piqued my curiosity towards the name. So I wanted to find out a bit more about it, and was subsequently disappointed by the description provided - as others have been, I'm sure.

The terrible description that was originally provided for Gertrude (one of my favourite names), was replaced by a much more pleasant, charming, appropriate and well-thought-out one. As such, I would like to see the same transformation take place for Helga.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I kind of like Helga. More usable than Hedwig anyway.

headintheclouds Says:


I don't think this name is usable either, but I agree with the previous poster that the description is quite rude. Even if that's NB's image of the name, there could've been some more lines explaining their line of thought, or the history behind the usage of Helga to balance it out.

Helga reminds me of the character from Hey Arnold, which endears me to the name a little more. I posted something on the page on Arnold saying I think it MIGHT just be usable despite the -old ending, but Helga… not so much. The meaning of it is wonderful though.

Catastroffy Says:


Oi. The description is a little rude.

raevynstar Says:


It is a good name. I picture a girl with dark hair who wouldn't be out of place in a Victorian novel.

jackal Says:


Helga means "holy".