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Thelma meaning and name origin
Thelma \th(el)-ma\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Telma and Thellma.
For more information, see also the related name Velma.
Baby names that sound like Thelma are Delma and Talma.
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Popularity of Thelma
Thelma is a very popular first name for women (#122 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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