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PronouncedPron.EL-ma German

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.
VariantsHelma, Mien, Mina, Wil, Willy, Wilma Dutch Helma, Helmine, Minna, Vilma, Wilma German
Masculine FormsWilhelmus, Willem Dutch Anselm, Wilhelm German
Other Languages & CulturesVilma Croatian Vilma Czech Helmi, Iina, Miina, Mimmi, Minna, Vilhelmiina, Vilma Finnish Vilma Hungarian Anselma Italian Mien, Mina Limburgish Vilhelmina Lithuanian Vilma Portuguese Vilma Slovak Anselma, Vilma Spanish Helmi, Mimmi, Minna, Vilhelmina, Vilma Swedish
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Sources & References

  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018