What does Hilda mean?
Hilda /hil-da/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced HILL-dah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hilda is "battle woman". Saint Hilda (seventh century) was a much-esteemed abbess of her time in England.
How popular is Hilda?
Hilda is a very popular first name for females (#263 out of 4276, Top 6%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Hilda for girls. Hilda reached its top position of #91 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
The only other popular alternative form of Hilda is Hildegarde. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.6385%) and are now significantly less widespread, with the versions Hilda and Hildegarde becoming less trendy. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Hilda and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Hilda▼ is pronounced similarly to Hildi, Holda, Hulda▼ and Huldah▼. Other recommended similar baby names are Gilda▼, Hilma▼, Hinda, Holde, Nilda▼, Tilda▼ and Wilda▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hilda.