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Gender: Female Origin of Thelma: Literary invention for a Norwegian character

The name Thelma is a girl's name of Norwegian origin. Thelma and is often added to lists like Old People Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Though most parents seeking to honor an ancestor named Thelma, would choose Thea instead, Thelma might have some funky appeal. It was extremely rare until British writer Marie Corelli used it for the Norwegian heroine of her eponymous novel in 1893. Thelma was the birth name of First Lady Nancy Reagan.

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Famous People Named Thelma

Thelma Catherine "Pat" Nixon, First Lady of the U.S.
Thelma Ritter, American actress
Thelma Colbert Schoonmaker, American film editor
Thelma Alice Todd, American '30s actress
Thelma Ellen Wood, American sculptor
Thelma Houston, American singer

Pop Culture References for the name Thelma

Thelma Yvonne Dickinson, character in "Thelma and Louise"
Thelma Bates, character on "Hex"
Thelma Bloggs, character in "What a Misfortune" & "Draff"
Thelma Mae Harper, character on "Mama's Family"
Thelma "Tib" Muller, character in "Betsy-Tacy" series
Thelma "Trixie" Norton, character on "The Honeymooners"
Thelma Evans, character on TV's "Good Times"
Thelma Lou, character on "Andy Griffith" series

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