What does Thelma mean?
Thelma /thel-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.
Thelma▼ has 2 variants: Telma and Thellma.
Affiliated girl name: Velma.Kreatif forms: Thelra, Thelva, Thema. [more]
How popular is Thelma?
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. in the 1910s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Names, 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 forms of Thelma were at the height of their popularity in the 1910s (median #61) and have become significantly less popular since.
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Suggested similar baby names are Adelma, Chela, Chella, Chelsa, Delma▼, Helma, Phelia, Selma▼, Shela, Shelia▼, Shella, Talma, Talmah, Teela, Telca, Telka, Thalia▼, Thalya, Thea▲, Thecla, Theda▼, Theia, Theida, Thekla, Therma, Thermia, Thersa, Theta, Thilda, Tzelya and Zelma▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Thelma.