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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. EHL-ma(German)
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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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