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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Velma.
Thelma is a very popular first name for females (#122 out of 4276, Top 3%) 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. Thelma reached its highest rank of #28 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Thelma and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Velma and Thelma. (2014 statistics).