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Quick Facts on Wilma

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Dutch, English, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Valiant protector

Characteristics of Wilma

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Girl Name Wilma
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Wilma

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Wilma

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Wilma

    Wilma We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Wilma.

  • Popular Songs on Wilma

    Popular Songs on Wilma

    Wilma Lou - a song by Bobby Bare

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Wilma

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Wilma

    Green Wilma (Tedd Arnold) - Wilma’s parents don’t know quite what to do when their daughter wakes up green and requests bugs for breakfast. At school, Wilma’s teachers are appalled by her unusually colorful antics. Wherever Wilma goes, surprises await her. Readers will enjoy this irresistibly funny fable. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (Julia Cook) - Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyone’s control (i.e. the weather) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Wilma Tenderfoot: The Case of the Fatal Phantom (Emma Kennedy) - This book is part of a series. Wilma chases down ghosts and hidden treasure in her third endearing mystery. Mystery is afoot when Wilma and her dog, Pickle, snuffle up a mummified body holding an ancient-looking key at Blackheart Mansion, home of the wealthiest family on Cooper Island. When it is revealed that the body belongs to a long-lost ancestor, Bludsten Blackheart, the family fights over Bludsten's key and races to find the treasure it unlocks--rumored to be guarded by a fatal phantom. And just when things reach fever pitch, Wilma discovers another clue about who her parents may be. In turns heartfelt, hilarious, and mysterious, Wilma's newest adventure is sure to please the budding detective in all of us. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman (Kathleen Krull) - Before Wilma was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single Olympiad. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Wilma

    Famous People Named Wilma

    Famous People Named Wilma - Wilma Rudolph (track and field athlete)

  • Children of Famous People Named Wilma

    Children of Famous People Named Wilma

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Wilma - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Wilma.

  • Historic Figures

    Wilma - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Wilma - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Wilma

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