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Gender: F Meaning of Mildred: "gentle strength" Origin of Mildred: English

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.

Famous People Named Mildred

Mildred Natwick, American actress
Mildred Bailey, American singer
Mildred Harris, American actress
Mildred Dunnock, American actress
Mildred Davis, American actress and wife of Harold Lloyd
Mildred Benson, American author
Mildred "Millie" Jackson, American singer
Mildred "Millie" Kirkham, American singer
Mildred "Millie" Deegan, American female baseball player
Mildred Plumber, author of Sunday Exploits
Adele Mildred, illustrator, designer and milliner
Mildred Delores Loving, plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage

Pop Culture References for the name Mildred

Mildred Lathbury, one of novelist Barbara Pym's "Excellent Women"
Mildred Harper, character on Two and a Half Men
Mildred Pierce, novel by James M. Cain
Mildred Huxtetter, character from The Muppet Show
Mildred Montag, character in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Mildred Rogers, slatternly central character (to whom Carey is helplessly bound) in W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage (1915)
Mildred Keith, cousin of popular 18th-century historical fiction heroine, Elsie Dinsmore, by Martha Finley
Margaret Mildred "Kit" Kittredge, American Girl doll
Mildred "Millie" Helper, neighbor on The Dick Van Dyke Show
Mildred Hubble, The Worst Witch
Millerna Aston - secondary character, a princess, in the anime Escaflowne
Mildred Plumber, author of "Sunday Exploits"

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