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What does Hilde mean?

Hilde Pronunciation of Hilde [hilde] 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).

Associated with: battle.


8 different relations via Brunhilda, Hilda, Hildegard: Elda, Hellee, Hildi, Hildie, Hildy, Hille, Hylda and Nilda.

Creative forms:
(female) Helde, Hilse, ..

(male) Hilhed, Hilve, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hilde Sally (H.S.), ..

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)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Hilde (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 are Elda, Hilda, Hildegard and Nilda. Other forms, like Hildie, are uncommon. These relations of Hilde were at the top of their popularity a century ago (median #834), but now, forms like Hilda have become less fashionable. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elda, Hilda, Hildegard, Nilda in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Hilde is alike in pronunciation to Holde. Other recommended names are Aide, Golde, Hailee, Hailie, Halie, Halle, Heide, Helje, Helle, Hilal, Hildred, Hill, Hillie, Hilly, Hilma, Hind, Hinda, Hinde, Holda, Holle, Hulda, Huldie, Thilde, Tilde and Zelde. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hilde.

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