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The female name Hildegard derived from the Old High German words hild (=war or battle) and gard (=protection) and means "protecting battle-maid".[1][2] Variant spellings include Hildegarde. The Polish, Portuguese, Slovene and Spanish version is Hildegarda; the Italian version is Ildegarda. Hildegárd is a Hungarian version. An ancient German version of the name was Hildegardis.[3]

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  1. ^ Mike Campbell. "Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Hildegard". Behind the Name. 
  2. ^ Patrick Hanks; Kate Hardcastle; Flavia Hodges (2006). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. pp. 224–. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. Hildegard From an old Germanic female personal name composed of hild 'battle' + gard 'enclosure'. 
  3. ^ Toñi F. Castellón (1990). El significado de los nombres (in Spanish). Editorial Sirio, S.A. pp. 137–. ISBN 978-84-7808-311-4.