What does Mildred mean?
Mildred /mil-dred/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced MIL-dred. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Mildred is "gentle strength".
An Anglo-Saxon name. Saint Mildred (eighth century) was an abbess from a royal household noted for her gentleness and kindness. The name was revived in the 17th century, and was outdated by the time of the 1945 film "Mildred Pierce".
How popular is Mildred?
Mildred is a very popular first name for females (#60 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular last name for both adults and children (#147095 out of 150436, Top 98%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Mildred for girls. Mildred reached its highest position of #6 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Mildred and corresponding names. The only other popular related form of Mildred rated in the Top 1000 is Millie (#505 last year). Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.8835%) and is now much lower (usage 0.2475%, down 72%), with the form Mildred becoming less stylish. Millie (#505) is the most trendy girl name in this compilation, and there is a revival in baby name usage for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Hildred. Like Mildred, this name is not commonly used.