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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Nursing

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Thelma

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Thelma in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Thelma:

  • Records indicate that 223,152 girls in the United States have been named Thelma since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1921, when 7,837 people in the U.S. were given the name Thelma. Those people are now 99 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Thelma

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      3 Positive Comments

  • "Thelma is really a cool name i love it. My name is Thelma but I have met a girl name Telma and that is so much werider." Jul. 16, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thelma is my mother's name and I have always loved it. Her family called her Thelly. I recently found a copy of the Corelli book and gave it to her for her 91st birthday and she was thrilled. My name, Pamela, has a similar origin." Oct. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is pronounced THEL-ma. Not very difficult! I love my name. I used to hate it growing up because I felt like I was the only person under the age of 25 called Thelma. But I love it now, and would never trade it!" Jan. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Horrible name - I'd never in a million years name a child of mine Thelma. People may ask "Does this baby Thelma have grey hair and a walking stick - not to mention about a couple of daughters of her own called Janet and Brenda and granddaughters called Tracey, Karen, and Michelle?" But it was at the height of fashion in 1910." Jan. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      7 Neutral Comments

  • "Thelma Vivienne is my name and it was Marie Corelli's book which my mother was reading at the time and thought it was beautiful. I didn't like it when I was a child because I lived among french kids who could never pronounce it because of the "H" and I would hear TEL-ma. Hated it when I was an adult working so everyone just referred to me as "T"....don't mind it so much now since I have grown older......but then I don't hear it much as all the family just call me Nana." Feb. 6, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m called Thelma and I didn?t used to like it but now I do. My father chose it. I get called Thelly a lot, which I also like." Oct. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names thelma don?t like it at all who looks at their kid n thinks Awh let?s name her Thelma" Feb. 2, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Thelma My parents used my middle name and called me Thelma-Jayne - I couldn?t stand it! As a child I hated ?Thelma? but as I?ve got older I quite like that it?s rare. Also the fact that old fashioned names are now popular it makes my name quite acceptable. I?m 54 - so not quite a grumpy old lady, but people do seem to think of it as an old granny name. Obviously never disliked it enough to change it." Oct. 28, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is thelma born on the 23:03:91 Am Nigerian. And most of the things I read about he name thelma I can relate to. Most of them are funny. Well all I know is that anyone with the name thelma is unique and special. People find it had to understand us most of the times but that doesn?t change us form accepting who we are." Aug. 9, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Made popular in the early years of the 20th century by Marie Corelli's 1887 novel of this name, but fell from favour after the 1930s. Thelma Ritter the American character actress of the 1940s to the 1960s (she died in 1969 aged 64 or 67 years) was a notable bearer, and then the 1991 film Thelma And Louise with Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in their respective title roles came about. However, the name is presently associated with old ladies and is not likely to become popular again anytime soon." Apr. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always felt like there was no one in the world with the same name as me. I had a hard time with that as a child, but now I'm happy to have such a unique name." Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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