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For other uses, see Helga (disambiguation).
Gender Female
Word/name Old Norse
Meaning heilagr - "holy", "blessed"
Other names
Related names Helle, Helge, Helga, Helka, Oili, Olga, Helga, Helgi

Helga (derived from Old Norse heilagr - "holy", "blessed") is a female name, used mainly in Scandinavia, Iceland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Netherlands (Hege, Helle, Helge, Helga, Helka or Oili). The name was in use in England before the Norman Conquest, but appears to have died out afterwards. It was re-introduced to English-speaking nations in the 20th century from Germany and the Nordic countries. Eastern Slavic name Olga (Ольга) is derived from it. Scandinavian male equivalent is Helge, or Helgi.

Name days: Estonia - May 31, Hungary - October 3, Latvia - August 11, Sweden - November 21, Finland - May 31, Greece -11 July

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Fictional characters[edit]

  • Helga, wife of Hagar in the comic strip Hägar the Horrible
  • Helga, character in the game Suikoden IV
  • Helga Hufflepuff, founder of Hogwarts' Hufflepuff house in the Harry Potter books
  • Helga Pataki, character on Nickelodeon's cartoon show Hey Arnold
  • Helga Geerhart, a character in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!
  • Helga Von Guggen, villain in Totally Spies animated television series
  • Helga Phugly, a friend of Milo's in The Oblongs
  • Helga, a Dutch enemy character in the fighting game Human Killing Machine
  • Helga O'Sullivan, the popular adventurer from Vayuht City.

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