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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. EHL-ma(German)
EHL-mə(English)
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Meaning & History

Short form of WILHELMINE or names ending in elma, such as ANSELMA. It has also been recorded as a combination of ELIZABETH and MARY, as in the case of the 19th-century daughter of the Earl of Elgin, who was named using her mother's first and middle names [1].
VariantsHelma, Mien, Mina, Wil, Willy, Wilma(Dutch) Helma, Helmine, Minna, Vilma, Wilma(German)
Masculine FormsWilhelmus, Willem(Dutch) Anselm, Wilhelm(German)
Other Languages & CulturesVilma(Croatian) Vilma(Czech) Helmi, Iina, Miina, Mimmi, Minna, Vilhelmiina, Vilma(Finnish) Vilma(Hungarian) Anselma(Italian) Mien, Mina(Limburgish) Vilhelmina(Lithuanian) Vilma(Portuguese) Vilma(Slovak) Anselma, Vilma(Spanish) Helmi, Mimmi, Minna, Vilhelmina, Vilma(Swedish)
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Sources & References

  1. Withycombe, Elizabeth Gidley. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Oxford, 1945, page 45.
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