What does Hilde mean?
Hilde /hil-de/ as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and the name Hilde means "ready for battle; battle garden". Hilde is a variant form of Brunhilda (Old German). Hilde is also a Dutch, German form of Hilda (Old German): from hild. Hilde is also used as a form of Hildegard (Old German).
How popular is Hilde?
Hilde is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2989 out of 4276, Top 70%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#36463 out of 150436, Top 24%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Prominent variation forms of Hilde (outside Top 1000) ranked in the Top 1000 are Elda, Hilda, Hildegard and Nilda. Other forms, like Hildie, are uncommon. These relations of Hilde were at the top of their popularity during 1900-1909 (median #534) and are now significantly less conventional, with the forms Elda, Hilda, Hildegard and Nilda becoming less fashionable. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Hilde and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)