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Gender: Female Meaning of Hilda: "battle woman" Origin of Hilda: German

The name Hilda is a girl's name of German origin meaning "battle woman". Hilda and is often added to lists like Space Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

From the experts:

Short for Brunhilda, the operatic Valkyrie of Teutonic legend, Hilda still has not quite shaken off that image that image. Though with the resurgence of Matilda, she might just have a bit of a comeback.

On its softer side, St. Hilda is the patron saint of learning, culture and poetry; Hilda Doolittle was the poet known as H. D. Hilda was a Top 100 name in the early decades of the twentieth century, hanging in until 1986--her image not helped by the green-complected comic strip character Broom-Hilda. Still popular in Sweden, where she now ranks at Number 77.

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Famous People Named Hilda

Saint Hilda of Whitby, English abbess
Hilda Doolittle aka H.D., American poet and novelist
Hilda Sophie Marie Adélaïde Wilhelmine de Nassau-Weilburg, Princess of Luxembourg
Hilda Charlotte Wilhelmine, Princess of Nassau, last Grand Duchess of Baden
Hilda Cathy Heine, 8th President of the Marshall Islands
Hilda Rix Nicholas, Australian painter
Hilda Lucia Solis, 25th U.S. Secretary of Labor
Hilda Koronel (born Susan Reid), Filipina actress
Hilda Geiringer, Austrian mathematician
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, British Prime Minister
Hilda (b. 2018), daughter of Jennie McAlpine

Pop Culture References for the name Hilda

Hilda Berg, fictional character in the 2017 video game "Cuphead"
Hilda Wade, detective in 'Hilda Wade, Hospital Nurse' by Grant Allen
Hilda Lessways, character in 'The Clayhanger Family' series by Arnold Bennett
Hilda Alice Ogden, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Hilda Spellman, character on TV's 'Sabrina, the Teenage Witch'
"Hot Ice" Hilda, character in manga "Outlaw Star"
Hilda, character in video game "Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds"
Hilda Hidalgo, character in video game "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles"
Hilda, a main character in video game Pokemon Black and White
Hilda Hansoff, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Hilda, main character in graphic novel and animation series "Hilda"

Hildie, Hildy, Hylda

Hilda's International Variations

Ildikó (Hungarian) Hilde (Scandinavian)


mamanmia Says:


i actually prefer Hilda to Hilary :)

Mhill46 Says:


There's something about this I really like

scblovesnames Says:


I really like this, and it's one of my great-aunts names.

Sillysarahlily Says:


I love this name

cabosanmucus Says:


guilty pleasure 😋

Saffron_Rice Says:


Hilda of Whitby is an iconic British historical figure but Hilary is so much prettier a name.