[ 1 syll. hed-da, he-dda ] The baby girl name Hedda is pronounced as HHT-aa- †. Hedda is used predominantly in the English, German, and Scandinavian languages, and its origin is Germanic. This is the name of the titular feminist heroine of Hedda Gabler (1890), a play written by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. The play has made the name well-known among English speakers, who subsequently adopted it in the 19th century.
In addition, Hedda is a diminutive form (English, German, and Scandinavian) of the name Hedvig (Scandinavian) as well as a variation (English, German, and Scandinavian) of the name Hedwig (English and German).
Hedda has 16 variations. Variations include Edda, Heda, Hedah, Hedaya, Hedde, Heddi, Heddie, Heddy, Hede, Hedi, Hedia, Hedie, Hedu, Helda, and Hetta. The diminutive form Hedy (also used in German, Dutch,) is another English variant.
The origin and thus the meaning of Hedda is inherited by all variant forms.
Hedda is unusual as a baby name for girls. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Hedda: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Hedda is Hedda Hopper, Actress, born Elda Furry, May 2, 1885 - February 1, 1966, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.