Meaning and name origin
Imelda \i-mel-da, im(e)-lda\ as a girl's name is pronounced ee-MEL-dah. It is of Old German and Italian origin, and the meaning of Imelda is "universal battle". The name of a 14th-century virgin Spanish saint. Also made famous by Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos. Actress Imelda Staunton.
Imelda is a very popular first name for females (#888 out of 4276, Top 21%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Imelda for girls. Imelda reached its highest rank of #844 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Imelda is also pronounced similarly to Emelda. Like Imelda, this name is not commonly used.