|Related names||Hilde, Hildur|
Hilda (pronounced HIL-də) is one of several female given names derived from the name Hild, formed from Old Norse hildr, meaning "battle". Hild, a Nordic-German Bellona, was a Valkyrie who conveyed fallen warriors to Valhalla. Warfare was often called Hild's Game. The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. 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.
Hilda is the name of:
- Hilda of Whitby (c. 614-680), English saint
- Princess Hilda of Nassau (1864–1952)
- Hilda Bernard (born 1920), Argentine stage, screen and television actress
- Hilda Bernstein (1915–2006), author, artist and activist against apartheid and for women's rights
- Hilda Borgström (1871–1954), Swedish actress
- Hilda Braid (1929–2007), English actress
- Hilda Caselli (1836-1901), Swedish educational reformer
- Hilda Conkling (1910–1986), American poet
- Hilda Ellis Davidson (1914–2006), English antiquarian and academic
- H. D. (1886–1961), born Hilda Doolittle, American poet, novelist and memoirist
- Hilda de Duhalde (born 1946), Argentine politician
- Hilda Fenemore (1914–2004), English actress
- Hilda Gadea (1921-1974), Peruvian economist, communist leader, author and Che Guevara's first wife
- Hilda Gaxiola (born 1972), Mexican beach volleyball player
- Hilda Geiringer (1893–1973), Austrian mathematician and professor
- Hilda Goldblatt Gorenstein (Hilgos) (1905–1998), American oil painter and watercolorist
- Hilda Hewlett (1864–1943), first British woman aviator to earn a pilot's licence, and aviation entrepreneur
- Hilda Hilst (1930–2004), Brazilian poet, playwright and novelist
- Hilda Phoebe Hudson (1881-1965), English mathematician
- Hilda Käkikoski (1864-1912), Finnish politician, writer and schoolteacher, one of the first nineteen women elected to the Finnish parliament
- Hilda Kibet (born 1981), Dutch long distance runner
- Hilda Lund (1840–1911), Swedish ballerina
- Hilda Molina (born 1942), former chief neurosurgeon of Cuba and dissident
- Hilda Rix Nicholas (1884-1961), Australian painter
- Hilda Petrini (1838–1895), Swedish clock maker
- H. F. M. Prescott (1896-1972), English author, academic and historian
- Hilda Ramos (born 1964), Cuban retired discus thrower
- Hilda Ross (1883-1959), New Zealand politician
- Hilda Runciman, Viscountess Runciman of Doxford (1869–1956), British politician
- Hilda Sachs (1857-1935), Swedish journalist and women's rights activist
- Hilda Sandels (1830-1921), Swedish opera singer
- Hilda Sjölin (1835–1915), Swedish photographer
- Hilda Solis (born 1957), United States Secretary of Labor in the Obama administration
- Hilda Crosby Standish (1902-2005), American pioneer in the birth control movement
- Hilda Terry (1914–2006), American cartoonist, creator of the comic strip Teena
- Dame Hilda Bracket, half of the opera singing female impersonation act "Hinge and Bracket".
- Hilda Ogden, from the British soap opera Coronation Street
- Hilda Spellman, a main character in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
- Hilda Suarez, from the American television series Ugly Betty
- "Hot Ice" Hilda, a supporting character in the anime Outlaw Star
- Hilda or Hildegarde (Beelzebub), a main character in the manga Beelzebub
- Hilda, the female protagonist of Pokémon Black and White
- Polaris Hilda, the main antagonist of the Asgard arc in the anime Saint Seiya
- St. Hilda's (disambiguation)
- Broom-Hilda, U.S. newspaper comic strip created by Russell Myers
- Hylda (disambiguation)
- 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 ...
- Scandinavian Classics. 27. American Scandinavian Foundation. 1927. p. 303.
Warfare and battle had numerous designations after the Valkyries; "Hild's Game" is especially common.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bengt af Klintberg (30 January 2014). Namnen i almanackan (in Swedish). Norstedts. pp. 35–. ISBN 978-91-7297-039-7.
- Teresa Norman (1 July 2003). World of Baby Names, A (Revised). Penguin. pp. 498–. ISBN 978-1-4406-2556-5.
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