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What does Helga mean?

Helga Pronunciation of Helga [hel-ga] as a girls' name is pronounced HEL-gah. It is of Scandinavian and Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Helga is "prosperous, successful; holy". From heilagr (which can also mean "holy") which derives from Germanic heill "hale, happy". See also Olga.

Associated with: scandinavian, norse, prosperous (wealthy), happy (joy).


Helga has 4 variants: Hege, Helje, Hella and Helle.

Affiliated girl name: Elga.

3 more relations via Olga: Elga, Ola and Olia.

1 masculine form: Helge.

Creative forms:
(female) Halga, Helda, ..

(male) Hela, Helgar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Helga Christiana (H.C.), ..

How popular is Helga?

Helga is a very popular first name for women (#957 out of 4276, Top 22%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Helga reached its apex position of #634 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Olga and Ola are the prominent alternative forms of Helga appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Olia, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Helga was at its highest 125 years ago (usage of 0.2%), but now, forms like Olga have become somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helga, Ola, Olga in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Ealga, Ellga, Hala, Halea, Halia, Halma, Heda, Hedda, Hedia, Hedlea (see Hadley), Hedya, Heida, Helana, Helen, Helena, Helia, Helima, Helisa, Hellia, Helma, Helsa, Hema, Hena, Henia, Henka, Hera, Herma, Herta, Hetta, Hilda, Hilma, Holda, Huela, Huella, Hulda, Hylda, Senga and Vega. These names tend to be less frequently used than Helga.

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