Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. EHL-mə(English) EHL-ma(German)  [key·IPA]

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].

Related Names

VariantsHelma, Mien, Mina, Wil, Willy, Wilma(Dutch) Helmine, Helma, Minna, Vilma, Wilma(German)
Masculine FormsAnselm, Wilhelm(German)
Other Languages & CulturesVilma(Croatian) Vilma(Czech) Vilhelmiina, Helmi, Iina, Miina, Mimmi, Minna, Vilma(Finnish) Vilma(Hungarian) Anselma(Italian) Vilma(Latvian) Vilhelmina, Vilma(Lithuanian) Wilmot(Medieval English) Vilma(Portuguese) Vilma(Slovak) Anselma, Guillermina, Vilma(Spanish) Helmi, Mimmi, Minna, Vilhelmina, Vilma, Wilma(Swedish)
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Name Days

Estonia: February 12
Finland: February 12
Latvia: September 30


Sources & References

  1. Withycombe, Elizabeth Gidley. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Oxford, 1945, page 45.
Entry updated December 7, 2022