[ 2 syll. hil-de-gar(d), hi-ldega-rd ] The baby girl name Hildegard is pronounced as HHIHLDeh-G-RD †. Hildegard is mainly used in English and German, and it is of Germanic origin. Hildegard's meaning is comrade in arms. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'hild' which means battle, fight ; 'gard' fence, enclosure, protection. The name was borne by the second wife (758-783) of Charlemagne, as well as Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), a German abbess and writer. In the USA, the name has been adopted in an irregular scale by English speakers with German connections.
The name Hildegard is used to a great extent; it has 30 variant forms that are used in English and other languages. English variant forms include Hild, Hildagard, Hildagarde, Hildea, Hildee, Hildegunn, Hildey, Hildi, Hildia, Hildie, Hildigunn, Hildred, Hildy, Holda, Hulda, Hylda, Hyldagard, Hyldagarde, Hylde, Hyldea, Hyldegard, Hyldegarde, Hyldi, and Hyldy. Other English forms include the contracted form Hilda (used in German too), the diminutive form Heidi (used in Dutch, German, Scandinavian, and Spanish too), and the spelling variant Hildegarde (used in French, and German too). Variant forms of Hildegard used in other languages include the Italian Elda and the Hungarian Ildiko. The contracted form Hilde (German) is another foreign variant.
Hildegard is unusual as a baby name for girls. Its usage peaked modestly in 1906 with 0.011% of baby girls being named Hildegard. It ranked at #618 then. The baby name has since experienced a substantial fall in frequency, and is today of irregular use. In 2018, among the group of girl names directly related to Hildegard, Heidi was the most widely used.
Baby names that sound like Hildegard include Hildagard, Hildagarde, Hyldagard, Hyldagarde, Hyldegard, Hyldegarde, and Hildegarde.
† Pronunciation for Hildegard: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"
A famous person named Hildegard is Catholic Nun Hildegard von Bingen, born 1098, Nahe, Germany.