Gender: Female Pronunciation: HEL-ga, HEL-yah Meaning of Helga: "holy, blessed" Origin of Helga: Scandinavian

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's International Variations

Helge (Norwegian) Helje (Danish)


Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


I know a lot of people hate this name but I love it. I love it's sound and the spelling is nice. I don't know if I would use it as a first name but it's definitely on my middle names list. The only thing that puts me off this name is the association with Helga Pataki.

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".