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What does Wilma mean?

Wilma Pronunciation of Wilma as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Wilma is "determined protector". Short form of Wilhelmina. Wilma Flintstone is the dizzy Stone Age housewife in the TV cartoon "The Flintstones". Track celebrity Wilma Rudolph.


ASSOCIATED WITH determined, protector (defender), stone (rock)


VARIANTS Valma, Velma, Vilma, Willma, Wilmina, Wylma

RELATED FORMS VIA WILHELMINA Billa, Billy, Ellma, Elma, Helma, Mina, Minna, Wileen, Willa, Willie, Willmina, Willy, Wilna

(female) Walma, ..

(male) Wiler, ..

Wilma Lorraine (W.L.), ..

How popular is Wilma?

Wilma is a very popular first name for females (#212 out of 4276, Top 5%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Wilma reached its highest position of #68 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not in the list at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Wilma are Billy, Elma, Helma, Mina (#625 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Minna, Velma, Vilma, Wilhelmina (#1670), Willa (#384), Willie, Willma, Wilna and Wylma. Usage of these forms of Wilma was at its most widespread during 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #854) and is now much diminished (#1762, 91.6%), with versions like Wilma becoming less stylish. Mina is more universally found than the rest, although Willa appears to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilma, Billy, Elma, Helma, Mina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Minna, Velma, Vilma, Wilhelmina, Willa in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Wilma is pronounced similarly to Allma, Alma and Almah. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Cima, Dalma, Delma, Fima, Halma, Hilma, Mima, Mimma, Nioma, Palma, Pima, Rima, Salma, Selma, Sima, Talma, Telma, Walda, Welda, Wilda, Willda, Wilmot, Wilona, Wina, Wylda, Zelma and Zulma. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wilma.

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