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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 girl name Velma.


Thelma is a very popular first name for females (#122 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Thelma for girls (2015 statistics).

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 popularity of the girl name Thelma and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Thelma and Velma. (2015 statistics).

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 commonly used than Thelma.


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