Given Name THELMA

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: THEL-mə  [details]

Meaning & History

Meaning unknown. It was a rare name when British author Marie Corelli used it for the Norwegian heroine of her novel 'Thelma' (1887). The name became popular around the end of the 19th century after the novel was published. It is sometimes claimed to derive from Greek θελημα (thelema) meaning "will", though this seems unlikely.


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Entry updated December 8, 2017