Meaning and Name Origin
Thelma \th(el)-ma\ as a girls' name is pronounced THEL-mah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Thelma is "will, volition". A literary creation from the 19th century by Marie Corelli for the title character of her 1887 novel. The movie "Thelma and Louise" gave the name exposure.
For more information, see also the related girl name Velma.
Thelma is a very prominent first name for women (#122 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Thelma for girls. Thelma reached its peak rank of #28 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Thelma and related names. The only other prominent varying form of Thelma ranked in the Top 1000 is Velma. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during 1910-1919 and have become significantly less popular since, with the versions Velma and Thelma becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)