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Okay, apparently this is one of those really old and common for old woman names - but I had never heard of it before I read Ghosts of the Shadow Market, by Cassandra Clare. I've never heard of anyone named any feminine form of William except for the name Billie. I also had no clue how to pronounce this name. I looked it up, and it's pronounced like Will - ah - mee - nuh. I love it! I love the name Willa, and the name Mina, but can't see it in the spelling at all. Willamina, Willemina, or Wilamina are the spellings to go for with this name. I like Wilamina best because it seems the easiest to pronounce in romance languages. Also, I despise extra l's crowding up a name (Hilary, not Hillary, Lily, not Lilly, Hila, not Hilla... the list goes on). The nicknames I know of after researching this name, because I became interested, are Willa/Wila and Mina. Both are nice. I also think Mila (Mee - lah) would be an adorable nickname.
MayaHelen  11/8/2019
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Anyone else remember the little girl in the commercial for H. O. Farina? ("Watch Wilhelmina eat her farina....") (You can find it on YouTube if you care enough.)
Kosta  8/20/2019
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My great grandmother's name was Kathrina Wilhelmina and she came to America in 1873 from Germany. Her son, my Grandpa told me when I was a young girl that his beloved mother was very sweet. I have one picture of her as an old woman and she was very tiny with a big smile. I think of that big name on a tiny little girl/woman and I smile. Love the name.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2019
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Who cares if it's long, I love long names!
― Anonymous User  4/11/2019
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Another nickname for Wilhelmina I've seen is Billie.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2018
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In 2018, 59 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Wilhelmina who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 3, 106th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
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I personally find this name to be extremely ugly and harsh.
edg0123  10/6/2018
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I think a lot of people here are selling this name short. It has so many possibilities for nicknames, and it's both substantial and feminine. It has a great vintage charm. I think Wilhelmina has a lot to recommend it. I wish people would resurrect some of these venerable older names rather than making up silly nonsense like Nevaeh and another spelling of Cèilidh the world doesn't need.
― Anonymous User  9/27/2018
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Ugly and outdated.
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
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I didn't know this was the feminine form of Billy. The spelling looks strange, too long, and sounds dated.
Luvbug86  4/29/2018
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I first came across this name when I read Bram Stoker's Dracula, as the female lead is called Wilhelmina (known as Mina) played by Winona Ryder in the movie.
It struck me as sounding very beautiful, antiquated and substantial. But the spelling can be off putting I think, because of the way the English pronounce it Willa-Meena. Looking at it, how do you ignore the hel and get an ah sound? It just seems odd. An alternative spelling I found is Willamina, but this has the danger of becoming Wil-lamb-mina. It just seems too complex, unless you like complex, in which case, it's perfect. But for me, I find it a bit much. I think it sounds nicer than it looks.
― Anonymous User  3/4/2018
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The name Wilhelmina was given to 73 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2018
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The name Wilhelmina was given to 132 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
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Often Wilhelmina is pronounced Wi-la-MI-na in the United States. I think it's a nice name. Willa is a cute nickname :)
1836732  6/9/2016
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My grandmother's name was Wilhelmina and they called her Minnie for short. She was German. I love this name and if I had a daughter it would be a name I would consider. Beautiful & strong.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2016
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It was my grandmother's middle name. She was from a very German family, but was born and lived in Nebraska and Minnesota, US. She pronounced it Wil-lah-MEE-nah. I'm planning on using it (hopefully) for my future daughter, but we will call her Billie.
samIam777  2/2/2016
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Many English speakers pronounce Wilhelmina as wil-lə-MEE-nah.
― Anonymous User  1/25/2015
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I find this name clunky and unattractive.
To honour a William in naming a daughter, I'd like to suggest the name Wilmot - it's given on this site as a medieval masculine name but in England, especially in the West Country including Devon and Cornwall, it was heavily if not exclusively used for girls until well into modern times.
I think it's worthy of consideration as a girl's version of William, especially in middle name spot.
Just Jonquil  11/24/2014
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I love love love this name! :D.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2014
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This name makes me think of Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty; beautiful, witty and strong minded.
― Anonymous User  9/8/2012
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Wilhelmina "Mina" Wylie was one of the first Australian female representatives at the Olympics. Mina won a silver; she was beaten by fellow Australian and friend Sarah "Fanny" Durack.
littlemissebony  7/23/2012
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I am learning German, and often a word / name starting with ' W ' is said as the English letter ' V ', even words we recognize. ( Such as 'Wind' )
foreverslowly  6/23/2012
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I think this name is strong and elegant and has plenty of cute nicknames.

I really do love this name but I'm not sure my love of the name would be shared by everyone else.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2012
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Wilhelmina is so pretty. Nicknames Willa, Willow, Mina, Minka and Minnie.
emilymaryjane  12/29/2011
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My mind goes blank just looking at the name. Hard to decide on its pronunciation. Very odd, very weird, very unpleasant name. What are the shorter versions? "Wil", or "Mina"? Whatever else you make out of it is stupid sounding and ugly.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/3/2011
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This name is also used in Poland. I find it to be lovely. [noted -ed]
bananarama  5/23/2011
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This name is extremely hard to pronounce for me. Oddly enough I still like it.
Chrila96  1/4/2011
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I really love Wilhelmina because of Wilhelmina Harker. Another nickname for Wilhelmina is Minka.
Antique_Cherub  3/31/2010
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Dutch pronunciation is wil-hel-MEE-nah.
renee06  6/17/2009
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Wilhelmina Cooper was a model in the 50s and 60s and the founder of modeling agency Wilhelmina Models.
vomiting  6/12/2009
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Strong and elegant.
vomiting  5/14/2009
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I used to think this name was so old sounding -- but now I think it'd be really adorable on a little girl. :)
silly_rabbit  4/24/2009
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Very outdated and elderly name.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2009
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This name isn't often used in Spanish-speaking countries, but it's pronounced Wih-lehl-mih-nah. (The 'h' is not pronounced in Spanish.) I like this name, but a nickname is Willa, Wila in Spanish, which is slang for "prostitute". :(
BornOnRoshHashanah  4/19/2008
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Spanish speaking countries usually spell it as "GUILLERMINA" pronounced gee-yer-MI-na. It's very rare, its masculine form is more common. I'm from a Spanish speaking country, take my word not BornOnRoshHashanah, don't know where in the world does Wila means that!
Askris  1/18/2012
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Wilhelmina Slater is one of the main characters on the hit show Ugly Betty. She is played by Vanessa Williams, and is a conniving fashion editor willing to do anything to take over the magazine.
Tears Of Blood  12/31/2007
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It´s also the Czech and Slovak form. Name Day: 7th January.
Karcoolka  7/9/2007
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Wilhelmina is the full name of Will in the European version of the WITCH comics.
blugal  6/13/2007
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Wilhelmina´s pet forms are Will, Billie, Mina, Wilusha, Wilma, Wilja.
Ronja  5/12/2007
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The French form of this name is Wilhelmine, a name borne by many Belgian and Luxembourgish royals.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2006
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A famous bearer was Wilhelmina "Mina" Harker, the main character in Bram Stoker's legendary horror novel "Dracula".
Brenda-Licious  12/4/2006
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Pronounced Wele-mee-na, Queen of the Netherlands. Though she sought refuge in England in WW2, she still was consistant in encouraging the Dutch resistance.
Tbird  7/23/2005
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Tbird is quite correct, in the Netherlands we pronounce it as: Will-hell-MEEN-ah.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2005

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