Thelma meaning, girlThelma

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What does Thelma mean?

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.


Variations

Thelma has 2 variants: Telma and Thellma.

For more information, see also the related girl name Velma.


Popularity

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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Thelma name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Thelma and related names. The only other prominent varying form of Thelma is Velma. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.9385%) and have become significantly less popular since, with the versions Thelma and Velma becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Thelma, Velma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Thelma and related baby names outside U.S.


Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Talma and Therma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Thelma.

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