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What does Wilhelmina mean?

Wilhelmina Pronunciation of Wilhelmina [wil-helmi-na] as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Wilhelmina is "determined protector". The second element of the source phrase literally refers to a helmet. Actress Billie Burke; author Willa Cather.

Associated with: determined.


Wilhelmina has 54 variants: Billa, Billee, Billey, Billie, Billy, Ellma, Elma, Felmine, Guglielma, Guillelmina, Guillelmine, Guillema, Guillemette, Guillemine, Helma, Helmina, Helminette, Min, Mina, Minna, Minnie, Minny, Valma, Velma, Vilhelmina, Villhelmina, Villhelmine, Vilma, Wileen, Wilhelmine, Willa, Willabella, Willabelle, Willamina, Willamine, Willeen, Willemina, Willene, Willene, Willetta, Willette, Williamina, Willie, Williebelle, Willmina, Willmine, Willy, Willybella, Wilma, Wilmette, Wilmette, Wilmina, Wilna and Wylma.

Related girl names: Elmina, Hilma, Twyla and Wilmot.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Wilhelmina?

Wilhelmina is a very popular first name for women (#1084 out of 4276, Top 25%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Wilhelmina entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest rank of #236 in the U.S. then, and is at #1619 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelmina name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wilhelmina outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Wilhelmina (#1619 in 2015) are Willa (#481 in 2015), Mina (#761), Willetta, Willene, Wilhelmine, Willette, Wylma, Wilna, Wilma, Willie, Velma, Helma, Elmina, Elma, Billy, Hilma, Minna, Billie, Twyla, Minnie and Vilma. These forms of Wilhelmina were popular as baby names in the 1880s (usage of 3.22%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.05%, 98.3%), with versions such as Minnie falling out of fashion. Willa is the most trendy birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelmina, Billie, Billy, Elma, Elmina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helma, Hilma, Mina, Minna, Minnie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Twyla, Velma, Vilma, Wilhelmine, Willa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willene, Willetta, Willette, Willie, Wilma in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilna, Wylma in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hilma, Minna, Wilma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abbelina, Ademina, Alexina, Allexina, Allina, Allumina, Alumina, Alzeina, Amelina, Angellina, Asemina, Athelina, Aurelina, Avelina, Billina, Carmelina, Cathelina, Celestina, Celina, Chalina, Dallina, Delina, Dellina, Eilena, Elbertina (see Alberta), Evelina, Felina, Fidelina, Filimena, Filipina, Filippina (see Philopena), Filumena, Fiorentina, Gemina, Gilbertina, Hermina, Irelina, Jelsomina, Jilliana, Jyllina, Kathelina, Lidweina (see Lidwina), Malcolmina, Melaina, Melina, Melvina, Michaelina, Michelina, Micheline, Miguelina, Mileena, Nicolina, Philina, Philomina, Raelina, Rollina, Shalaina, Shalina, Sheina, Shelanna, Sherrina, Silestina, Silestyna (see Celeste), Silvina, Simmina, Urselina, Vilhelmine (see Vilhelmina), Waldena, Walterine, Waltrina, Wendeline, Willma, Wilmotina (see Wilmot), Yemina and Zelina. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wilhelmina.

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