Name: Wilhelmina

Origin and Meaning of the Name Wilhelmina

  • Meaning:
    Will, desire + helmet, protection
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    (veel hel MEE na); (wil eh MEE na)
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    English, German and Polish speaking countries
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    Wilhelmina is the feminine equivalent of the masculine Wilhelm, the German cognate of English William. The name comes from the Germanic elements 'wil' (will, desire) and 'helm' (helmet, protection). This German name became used in English-speaking countries in the 19th century but is very rare nowadays.

    The (veel hel MEE na) pronunciation is the German one; in English it is often pronounced (wil eh MEE na).

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