What does Hilda mean?
Hilda /hil-da/ as a girls' name is pronounced HILL-dah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hilda is "battle".
From hild. Saint Hilda (seventh century) was a Northumbrian princess who became a much-esteemed abbess of her time in England. Hilda was the name for one of the Valkyries.
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)
Popular alternative forms of Hilda are Hildegard and Elda. These forms of Hilda were favored as birth names during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.621%) and are now significantly less conventional. 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.