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Pronunciation/ˈhɪldə/ HIL-də
Other names
Related namesHilde, Hildur

Hilda is one of several female given names derived from the name Hild, formed from Old Norse hildr, meaning "battle". Hild, a Nordic-German Bellona,[1] was a Valkyrie who conveyed fallen warriors to Valhalla. Warfare was often called Hild's Game.[2] The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century.[3] In Sweden it has been in use since the late 18th century, being a popular name throughout the 19th century. Hilde is a variant of Hilda. Another variation on Hild is Hildur.[4][5][6]

Hilda is the name of:


Fictional characters[edit]


  • 153 Hilda, a large asteroid in the Hilda group in the Solar System, named after one of the discoverer's daughters.

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  1. ^ Heinrich Wilhelm Schütz (1837). Kleines Namen-Lexikon oder kurzgefasste Erklärungen der merkwürdigsten Orts- und Personennamen: mit Einschluss nicht weiniger Länder-, Völker-, Gebirgs- und Flussnamen (in German). Feister. pp. 34–. Hild, nordisch-deutsche Bellona, dann auch Krieg überhaupt ...
  2. ^ Scandinavian Classics. 27. American Scandinavian Foundation. 1927. p. 303. Warfare and battle had numerous designations after the Valkyries; "Hild's Game" is especially common.
  3. ^ Patrick Hanks; Kate Hardcastle; Flavia Hodges (2006). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. pp. 224–. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. The name all but died out by the 14th century. It was strongly revived in the 19th century. Since the 1930s, however, it has again fallen from favour.
  4. ^ Nancy L. Coleman; Olav Veka (9 December 2010). A Handbook of Scandinavian Names. Univ of Wisconsin Press. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-0-299-24833-8.
  5. ^ Bengt af Klintberg (30 January 2014). Namnen i almanackan (in Swedish). Norstedts. pp. 35–. ISBN 978-91-7297-039-7.
  6. ^ Teresa Norman (1 July 2003). World of Baby Names, A (Revised). Penguin. pp. 498–. ISBN 978-1-4406-2556-5.