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226k
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since 1880
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<100
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in 2010

Thelma

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How popular is the baby name Thelma in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 5 0
1883 6 6 0
1884 7 7 0
1886 12 12 0
1887 7 7 0
1888 15 15 0
1889 24 24 0
1890 22 22 0
1891 25 25 0
1892 33 33 0
1893 42 42 0
1894 70 70 0
1895 173 173 0
1896 265 260 5
1897 425 419 6
1898 605 605 0 #99 girl name
1899 736 736 0 #78 girl name
1900 1,094 1,094 0 #73 girl name
1901 1,090 1,090 0 #57 girl name
1902 1,315 1,309 6 #52 girl name
1903 1,488 1,479 9 #47 girl name
1904 1,766 1,757 9 #37 girl name
1905 1,955 1,945 10 #36 girl name
1906 2,126 2,114 12 #31 girl name
1907 2,352 2,339 13 #28 girl name
1908 2,534 2,526 8 #26 girl name
1909 2,624 2,612 12 #26 girl name
1910 2,993 2,976 17 #25 girl name
1911 3,178 3,166 12 #27 girl name
1912 4,203 4,183 20 #26 girl name
1913 4,624 4,595 29 #26 girl name
1914 5,519 5,496 23 #26 girl name
1915 6,790 6,762 28 #30 girl name
1916 7,320 7,290 30 #29 girl name
1917 7,272 7,244 28 #32 girl name
1918 7,785 7,741 44 #32 girl name
1919 7,600 7,558 42 #31 girl name
1920 7,847 7,815 32 #31 girl name
1921 7,870 7,838 32 #30 girl name
1922 7,279 7,252 27 #31 girl name
1923 7,408 7,379 29 #31 girl name
1924 7,361 7,316 45 #33 girl name
1925 6,865 6,824 41 #35 girl name
1926 6,620 6,584 36 #36 girl name
1927 6,333 6,306 27 #38 girl name
1928 6,010 5,977 33 #40 girl name
1929 5,509 5,477 32 #41 girl name
1930 5,281 5,247 34 #45 girl name
1931 4,476 4,439 37 #53 girl name
1932 4,299 4,272 27 #51 girl name
1933 3,662 3,637 25 #57 girl name
1934 3,678 3,648 30 #65 girl name
1935 3,218 3,186 32 #76 girl name
1936 3,230 3,198 32 #74 girl name
1937 3,079 3,060 19 #78 girl name
1938 2,880 2,864 16 #86 girl name
1939 2,720 2,696 24 #88 girl name
1940 2,470 2,459 11
1941 2,378 2,368 10
1942 2,270 2,257 13
1943 2,220 2,208 12
1944 2,010 1,996 14
1945 1,860 1,855 5
1946 1,802 1,794 8
1947 1,913 1,901 12
1948 1,774 1,764 10
1949 1,636 1,627 9
1950 1,455 1,455 0
1951 1,528 1,528 0
1952 1,370 1,364 6
1953 1,295 1,290 5
1954 1,248 1,240 8
1955 1,120 1,109 11
1956 1,074 1,074 0
1957 966 966 0
1958 850 844 6
1959 898 898 0
1960 845 838 7
1961 778 773 5
1962 756 751 5
1963 729 722 7
1964 653 653 0
1965 578 578 0
1966 476 476 0
1967 388 388 0
1968 405 400 5
1969 318 318 0
1970 273 273 0
1971 282 282 0
1972 225 225 0
1973 220 220 0
1974 238 238 0
1975 198 198 0
1976 193 193 0
1977 195 195 0
1978 171 171 0
1979 164 164 0
1980 149 149 0
1981 152 152 0
1982 152 152 0
1983 118 118 0
1984 122 122 0
1985 101 101 0
1986 105 105 0
1987 92 92 0
1988 84 84 0
1989 95 95 0
1990 92 92 0
1991 86 86 0
1992 89 89 0
1993 72 72 0
1994 70 70 0
1995 79 79 0
1996 48 48 0
1997 41 41 0
1998 62 62 0
1999 48 48 0
2000 50 50 0
2001 57 57 0
2002 31 31 0
2003 40 40 0
2004 31 31 0
2005 42 42 0
2006 34 34 0
2007 28 28 0
2008 30 30 0
2009 34 34 0
2010 20 20 0
2011 14 14 0
2012 27 27 0
2013 19 19 0
2014 25 25 0
2015 27 27 0

Fun Facts about the name Thelma

  • How many people with the first name Thelma have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 226,313 babies born with the first name Thelma in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thelma to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thelma? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Thelma first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thelma is Tuesday, September 13th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Thelma born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thelma was in 1921 with a total of 7,838 babies. That's a lot of babies named Thelma!
  • Random Thelma Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thelma ranks 16th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 257 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Thelma: Your name in reverse order is Amleht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Melhta. How do you pronounce that?
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Popularity of Thelma as a last name

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Thelma" mean? The list below shows the origins of Thelma as well as things modernly associated with the name Thelma such as celebrities named Thelma.

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Thelma

The name "Thelma" is of Greek origin, and it means "Will". It's a name commonly given to girls.

A literary invention, first appeared in the Swedish novel Kyrkoinvigningen i Hammarby (1840-1841) by Emilie Flygare-Carlén, translated into English as "The Magic Goblet" (1845). Similar names of ambiguous origin, Elma, Selma, Velma, appeared in the 19th century.

By folk etymology explained as Ancient Greek θέλημα (thélēma, “will”). Notice also the Spanish and Portuguese Telma, a rare feminine form of Telmo, ultimately from Santelmo or Saint Elmo.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons With the Name Thelma

Thelma Ritter

Thelma Ritter was an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1947. Thelma was born on February 14th, 1902 in New York City, New York, U.S. She breathed her last breath on February 5th, 1969.

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Thelma Todd

Thelma Todd was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1926 to 1935. Thelma was given the name Thelma Alice Todd on July 29th, 1906 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S. Thelma is also known as Alison Loyd. She breathed her last breath on December 16th, 1935.

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Butterfly McQueen

Butterfly McQueen was an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1939 to 1939. Butterfly was given the name Thelma McQueen on January 7th, 1911 in Tampa, Florida. She died on December 22nd, 1995.

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Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness

Thelma Furness, Viscountess Furness was an influential human. Thelma was given the name Thelma Morgan on August 23rd, 1904 in Hotel Nationale, Lucerne, Switzerland. She left this life on January 29th, 1970.

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Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston is a rhythm, blues, soul music, disco, quiet storm, motown, and gospel music singing, songwriter, and actor. She has been prominent since 1966. Thelma was given the name Thelma Jackson on May 7th, 1946 in Leland, Mississippi.

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Thelma Schoonmaker

Thelma Schoonmaker is a film editor and film editing. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1966 to present. Thelma was given the name Thelma Colbert Schoonmaker on January 3rd, 1940 in Algiers.

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  • Louise Mandrell
    (singing)
  • Patricia Dane
    (actress)
  • Thelma White
    (actress)
  • Thelma Drake
    (congressman)
  • Thelma Coyne Long
    (tennis player)
  • Thelma Keane
    (businessperson)
  • Thelma Stovall
    (politician)
  • Thelma Harper
    (office holder)
  • Thelma Estrin
    (famous person)
  • Thelma Johnson Streat
    (leading human)
  • Thelma Rodríguez
    (noteworthy somebody)
  • Thelma C. Davidson Adair
    (educator)
  • Thelma Parr
    (notable human)
  • Thelma Kench
    (leading somebody)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thelma

Bittianda Kuttapa Thelma

Bittianda Kuttapa Thelma is a leading somebody in the fields of cytogenetics and human genetics. Bittianda was born in 1955.

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What does the name Thelma mean?

Tis for tried, tried and true you.

His for hug, give one today!

Eis for encouraging, thanks for the motivation!

Lis for love, your love of life!

Mis for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

Ais for adaptable, for the world is full of unique challenges

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