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Gender: Female Meaning of Wilma: "resolute protection" Origin of Wilma: Diminutive of Wilhelmina

The name Wilma is a girl's name of German, Scottish, Swedish origin meaning "resolute protection". Wilma and is often added to lists like Film Noir Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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In the US, Wilma is appears to be eternally fossilized in Bedrock as Fred Flintstone's wife, but in Sweden it's a Top 10 hottie. It did have its moment in the US--from 1912 to 1940 it was a Top 100 name. One notable namesake: track and field star Wilma Rudolph.

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Famous People Named Wilma

Wilma Glodean Rudolph, American Olympic sprinter
(Wilma) Jeanne Cooper, American actress
Wilma Pearl Mankiller, Native American Cherokee chief
Wilma L. Vaught, American Air Force brigadier general
Wilhelmine Maria Franziska "Wilma" Neruda, Lady Hallé, Czech violinist

Pop Culture References for the name Wilma

Wilma Flintstone, character on "The Flintstones"
Wilma Tenderfoot, character in a book series by Emma Kennedy
Wilma/Wilhelmina "Will," the Guardian of Quintessence in "W.I.T.C.H," a comic book and animated series
Wilma, character from movie "Dude, Where's My Car?"
Wilma Dean "Deanie" Loomis, character in play/film "Splendor in the Grass"

Wilmyne, Wilmetta, Valma, Vilma, Wylma, Wilmanie, Wilmette, Wilmayra, Williemae, Wilmina


Daiseymae Says:


It still is unattractive to me.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I certainly prefer this to Wilhelmina or Willa, but the Flintstones association may be too much for the name to overcome. Don't use this if you already have a Fred. 😀

ElsaAnne Says:


I'd love to see little Wilma's running around, I hope it makes a comeback soon!

Floris Says:


I like Wilma. To me it just sounds more pleasant than Willa, which reminds me too much of "villa"...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Marginally better than Wilhelmina, though I still heavily associate this name with the Flintstones. Old-fashioned names seem to be coming back in style though, and if Willa has a chance-why not Wilma?

Catastroffy Says:


This seems to have a reputation of being an ugly name. I'm not too fond of it myself.