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Writer Hilda Doolittle was a bearer of this name.
-- alberto  1/18/2006
Though Hilda comes from the Germanic world "hild" (battle), a cognate is the Old Norse "hildr", with the same meaning.
-- alberto  1/18/2006
Saint Hilda was a 7th-century abbess in Whitby, England. Her feast is November 17.
-- alberto  1/18/2006
Hilda is Margaret Thatcher's middle name.
-- Anonymous User  3/31/2006
It's also used in Spanish. It's pronounced EE-lda, and spelled Ilda.
-- frangg23  4/23/2006
This is a pretty good name, the nickname Hildie is cute.
-- Anonymous User  7/11/2006
Hilda Conkling, the child poet, is another bearer of the name.
-- prisca  7/11/2006
I don't like this name at all. It makes me think of old ladies who are regulars of English church halls and cake-making experts.

It's also associated with the fictional gossip queen Hilda Ogden in the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties episodes of the northern English soap 'Coronation Street'.
-- freeserve.co.uk  3/3/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia.
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
I always thought it was short for "Mathilda". I guess it could be used for a variety of things.
-- susiejean  5/22/2008
It's hopelessly old-fashioned, and it rather makes me think of very old women who are either in a wheelchair or walk very slowly, in a bad position, with a stick, and need a hearing aid. Also, it makes me think of morbidly obese and ugly women with hideous perms.
-- slight night shiver  6/1/2008
Sounds like the name of a Viking lady.
-- number1212  6/3/2008
Hilda, the name, derived from Hildr, meaning "battle", was one of the valkyrie maiden goddesses in Norse mythology. Hildr is attested in the Prose Edda as Högni's daughter and Hedin's wife in the legend of Hedin and Högni. She had the power to revive the dead in battlefields and used it to maintain the everlasting battle between Hedin and Högni.

Hildr is also mentioned along with other valkyries in Völuspá, Darraðarljóð and other Old Norse poems. The Old Norse word hildr is a common noun meaning "battle" and it is not always clear when the poets had the valkyrie in mind, as a personification of battle. Also, I'd like to say this is a really nice name and it is a shame it is not used more often. :)
-- walesgal92  10/25/2009
I bet I'm the only person in the US that knows two people named Hilda ;)
My mom is named Hilda but she hates it and goes by her middle name instead. My good friend is named Hildie and she doesn't mind the name.
I think "Hildie" is cute and more modern-sounding than Hilda. But either way it's a pretty unique name!
-- emily  1/12/2010
I just find this hopelessly "old stick-y".
-- SandSea  2/3/2010
This is the name of Caroline Rhea's character in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
-- Anonymous User  3/23/2010
I don't find it an old lady name. If anything, I think of a teenage feminist when I hear it, which is a positive thing in my head. I personally might use it as a middle name.
-- Black_X  5/6/2010
Hilda is the heroine's name from Pokemon Black and White.
-- Anonymous User  1/28/2012
This name reminds me of an old lady who is really weird and walks around selling muffins to little children outside churches.
-- Anonymous User  1/31/2012
The name Hilda was given to 65 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Hilda was my Nana's name. She was an inspiring lady, but her name sounds a bit 'viking-y'.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2016
The name is also used in Iceland.
-- jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
The name Hilda was given to 49 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
This name is so unbelievably dated and unnattractive.
Hilda. Yup, fail to see this one ever making a huge comeback.
-- Anonymous User  7/29/2016
A laughably bad name. Though it is better than "Helga" *shivers*
-- Anonymous User  9/26/2016
An iconic fictional bearer was Hilda Ogden, a major character in the long running British soap Coronation Street. She was played by the late Jean Alexander.
-- Just Jonquil  11/10/2016
This name is not pretty in the American sense. But as a Germanic name, I view it as delicate, feminine, soft, and serene. I had a great-great-aunt Hilda, who was a strong pioneer woman but was also cultured and faithful. I love this name.
-- BetseyTrotwood  2/19/2017

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