[ 4 syll. wi-(l)hel-mi-na, wil-helm-ina ] The baby girl name Wilhelmina is pronounced Viy-LHHehLMIY-Naa or WihL-eh-MIY-Naa †. Wilhelmina's origin is Germanic, and its use, Dutch, English, German, and Polish. It is a two-element name from wil and helm with the meanings 'will, desire' and 'helmet, protection' respectively. The name is derived as a feminine form of Wilhelm with the Latinate suffix '-ina'. The name was introduced from Germany to English speakers in the 19th century, and is today mostly used in Scotland, Canada, and the USA. Wilhelmina is the feminine version of the English and French William.
Wilhelmina is a widely used name; it has 82 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Billi, Min, Minni, Minny, Valma (used in Finnish too), Welma, Wiletta, Wilette, Wilhelmi, Wilhelminah, Wilhelmine (used in Dutch, French, and German too), Wilhemina, Wilhemine, Willabella, Willabelle, Willamena, Willamine, Willeen, Willemina, Willemine, Willena, Willene, Willi, Williemae, Willmina, Willmine, Willy, Wilmanie, Wilmayra, and Wilmet. Other English forms include the shortenings Helma (used in German, and Hungarian too), Helmine (used in Dutch and German too), Ilma (used in Hungarian, Latvian, and Spanish too), Mina (used in German, Polish, and Spanish too), Velma (used in Italian too), Vilma (used in Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Scandinavian, and Spanish too), Wileen, Willa, and Wilma (used in German, Italian, and Scottish too), the diminutives Billie (used in German too), Elma (used in German too), Elmina, Minna (used in German too), Minnie, Willetta, Willette, Willia, and Willie, and the spelling variant Willamina.
Forms used in foreign languages include Guilette (French), Guilla (Spanish), Guillerma (Spanish), Guillermina (Spanish), Gulielma (Italian), Helmi (Finnish), Mimi (French), Minchen (German), Minette (French), Mini (Finnish and Spanish), Uilleag (Irish), Vilelma (Italian), Vilhelmina (Scandinavian), Vilhelmine (Scandinavian), Wila (German), Wilhelma (German), and Williamina (Latinized and Scottish). Specific foreign forms include the shortenings Mine (German and Scandinavian) and Minka (Polish), and the diminutives Hilma (Scandinavian), Minetta (French and German), and Minne (German).
Wilhelmina is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1901, 0.043% of baby girls were named Wilhelmina. It had a ranking of #289 then. The baby name has seen a marked decline in frequency since then, and is currently of only irregular use. Within the family of girl names directly related to Wilhelmina, Willa was the most widely used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Wilhelmina include Willemina, Wehilani, Wilhelmine, Williamina, Vilhelmina, Vilhelmine, Violaney, Violani, Vyolani, Wileen, Wilhelmi, Wilhemine, Willeen, Willene, William, Williemae, Willone, Wilma, Wilmanie, and Wilone.
† Pronunciation for Wilhelmina: V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"