Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Wilma

Wilma is mainly a German name (pronounced VIL-mah). It developed as a diminutive of Wilhelmina which in turn is the German, Dutch and Polish feminine form of the masculine Wilhelm (German equivalent of William). Wilhelm is derived from the Germanic words "wil” (meaning "will, desire”) and "helm" (meaning "helmet, protection"). Put them together, you’ve got a desire for protection; thus, the name William (or Wilma) has come to stand for a valiant protector. It was 19th century German settlers who first introduced the name Wilma to America. Today, the name is astonishingly popular in Sweden where it's ranked as the 9th most popular girl's name.

All About the Baby Name – Wilma

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME WILMA

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME WILMA

It's been over 30 years since the "old lady" name Wilma has been used in the United States. The name hasn't appeared on the charts since 1973. Still, there was a day when Wilma carried her moniker proudly. The height of the name's popularity came between 1912 and 1940 during which time it was a Top 100 favorite in America. Hard to believe. Wilma sounds like the name of our great-grandmothers at this point in time. It also conjures up Wilma Flintstone from cartoon fame. Today the name Willa appears on the charts (although rarely used), but Wilma is no longer fashionable. It's so out-dated; we would consider this one a brave and unique choice! Willa and Billie are both cute nicknames.

Quick Facts

ON WILMA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Dutch

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

WIL-mә

SIMPLE MEANING:

Valiant protector

Characteristics

OF WILMA

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Wilma

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME WILMA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Wilma

Popular Songs

ON WILMA

Wilma Lou
a song by Bobby Bare

Famous People

NAMED WILMA

Wilma Rudolph (track and field athlete)

Children of Famous People

NAMED WILMA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Wilma

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME WILMA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Wilma