Meaning and Name Origin
Hildegarde \hi-ldegar-de, hil-dega-rde\ as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hildegarde is "battle stronghold". Scandinavian mythology: Hildegard was a Valkyrie sent by Odin to escort battle heroes to Valhalla. Saint Hildegarde of Bingen was a learned 12th-century abbess. Opera celebrity Hildegarde Behrens.
Hildegarde is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2797 out of 4276, Top 65%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Hildegarde for girls. Hildegarde entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak rank of #624 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Hildegarde and related names. Hilda and Hildegard are the popular varying forms of Hildegarde listed in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and have become much less widespread since, with the forms Hilda, Hildegard and Hildegarde becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)