Thelma: baby girl name meaning and popularity

Thelma

Most names of this vintage have a meaning, but this one ... doesn't. It's sometimes said to be derived from the Greek "thelema," meaning "will," though it's more likely to be a literary name coined by author Marie Corelli for her 1887 novel Thelma. But don't worry - even if it doesn't technically mean "will," you'll see a strong will in your little Thelma, masquerading as a stubborn streak during the toddler years.

Nicknames:

Telly.

Famous people named Thelma:

Former First Lady Thelma "Pat" Nixon; sculptor Thelma Wood; singer Thelma Houston; actresses Thelma Ritter and Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen.

Fun fact:

In the movie Thelma and Louise, Thelma's full name is Thelma Yvonne Dickinson.

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