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Gender: Female Meaning of Wilhelmina: "resolute protection" Origin of Wilhelmina: German, feminine variation of Wilhelm

The name Wilhelmina is a girl's name of German origin meaning "resolute protection". Wilhelmina and is often added to lists like Badass Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplets (mixed)".

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Wilhelmina was long burdened with the Old Dutch cleanser image of thick blond braids and clunky wooden clogs, but that started to be changed somewhat by the dynamic Vanessa Williams character on Ugly Betty, and even further by the choice of Wilhelmina by ace baby namers Natalie and Taylor Hanson. For the less adventurous, Willa is, for now, still a more user-friendly female equivalent of William.

Wilhelmina was a lot more commonly heard in the U.S. at one time: it was as high as Number 215 in the 1880s, but has been off the list completely since 1955.

Queen Wilhelmina reigned in the Netherlands for most of the early twentieth century, becoming a heroic figure during the two World Wars. The name got an infusion of glamour via Wilhelmina Cooper, the Dutch-born model who established the top Wilhelmina Model Agency in 1967. Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott was the name of the Kate Capshaw character in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

To enliven her image, Wilhelmina has a plethora of nicknames: Mina, Minna, Minnie, Billie, and Willa. Wilma.

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Famous People Named Wilhelmina

Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria, Queen of the Netherlands
(Frederika Sophia) Wilhelmina of Prussia, Queen consort of King William V of Orange
Wilhelmina Cooper (born Gertrude Behmenburg), Dutch-born American model
Wilhelmina FitzClarence, Countess of Munster, British noblewoman and novelist
Wilhelmina Geddes, Irish stained glass artist
Wilhelmina Kekelaokalaninui Widemann Dowsett, American Hawaiian suffragist
Wilhelmina Frances "Mina" Rawson, Australia's first cookbook author
Wilhelmina Elizabeth Drucker, Dutch politician and author
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, British abstract artist
Wilhelmina "Mina" Wylie, Australian swimmer
Wilhelmina Jane Hanson (b. 2012), daughter of singer Taylor Hanson

Pop Culture References for the name Wilhelmina

Wilhelmina Vivian Slater (born Wanda Slater), character played by Vanessa Williams on TV's 'Ugly Betty'
Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott, a main character from movie "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
Wilhelmina "Mina" Harker, character in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, frequent substitute for Hagrid in Harry Potter series
Wilhelmina/Wilma "Will" Vandom, the Guardian of Quintessence in comic and TV series "W.I.T.C.H"
Wilhelmina Carmel, character in Shakugan no Shana light novels
Wilhelmina "Helma" Zukas, main character in mystery series by Jo Dereske
Wilhelmina, modeling agency founded by Wilhelmina Cooper
Wilhelmina "Mina" Grimm, main character in the "Unfortunate Fairy Tale" fantasy series by Chanda Hahn
Wilhelmina "Willie," princess character in Bruce Coville's The Dragonslayers
Wilhelmina Wyatt, character in the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray
Wilhelmina "Minna" Tims, character in The Mapmakers Trilogy by S. E. Grove
Shirley Wilhelmina Feeney, character on TV's 'Laverne & Shirley'.