PRONOUNCED: HIL-də (English), HIL-dah (German, Dutch) [key]
Meaning & History
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild
"battle". It 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.
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