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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. HIL-də(English)
HIL-da(German)
HIL-dah(Dutch)
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Meaning & History

Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild "battle". The short form was used for both Old English and continental Germanic names. Saint Hilda of Whitby was a 7th-century English saint and abbess. The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century.
VariantsHylda(English) Hilde(German) Hilde(Dutch) Hilde, Hildur(Norwegian) Hild(Anglo-Saxon)
Other Languages & CulturesHildr(Ancient Scandinavian) Hildur(Icelandic) Ilda, Elda(Italian) Hildr(Norse Mythology)
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Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 821

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