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What does Ethelda mean?

Ethelda Pronunciation of Ethelda [ethel-da] as a girls' name has its root in Old English, and the name Ethelda means "noble". Ethelda is an alternate form of Ethel (Old English).

Associated with: old english, noble.


15 related forms via Ethel: Etel, Etelka, Etha, Etheleen, Ethelene, Ethelin, Ethelinda, Etheline, Ethelyn, Ethill, Ethille, Ethlin, Ethlyn, Ethyl and Ethyll.

Creative forms:
(female) Ethela, Etheldia, ..

(male) Etheler, Ethild, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ethelda Cynthia (E.C.), ..

How popular is Ethelda?

Ethelda is an uncommon first name for females. Ethelda is a rare surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Ethelda entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its highest rank of #1981 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ethelda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ethelda outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Ethelyn, Ethlyn, Ethyl, Ethelene, Etheleen, Ethel and Etha are the prominent alternative forms of Ethelda. Other variants, like Etel, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Ethelda was widespread 125 years ago (usage of 2.3%), but now, versions like Ethelyn have become somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ethelda, Etha, Ethel, Etheleen, Ethelene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ethelyn, Ethlyn, Ethyl in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ethelda and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Altheda, Amelda, Bathilda, Bethesda, Chulda, Donelda, Efthemia, Elda, Elthea, Emelda, Emelea, Emelia, Eneida, Erthel (see Eartha), Estela, Estella, Estrella, Etheldreda, Ethelenda, Ethelind, Ethelinde, Ethenia, Ethlinda, Ethna, Ethnea, Etholinda (see Ethelinda), Evelia, Giselda, Imelda, Kelda, Marelda, Matelda, Mathilda, Nelda, Orelda, Orielda, Otthilda (see Otthild), Selda, Theda, Theida, Thilda, Velda, Welda, Ymelda and Zelda. These names tend to be more frequently used than Ethelda.

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