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.
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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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)