Mildred: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mildred

Mildred

Pronunciation: MIL-drid (key)

Origin of the name Mildred:

Derived from Mildđryđ, Mildthryth, an obsolete Old English name composed of the elements milde (gentle, mild, generous) and đryđ, thryth (strength): hence, "gentle strength." The name was borne by a 7th-century saint and abbess, Mildthryth (d. 700), a daughter of a king of Mercia who, along with her sister St. Mildburh, was venerated during the Middle Ages for her acts of charity.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Millie, Milly

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Unfortunately, this name has become unpopular as it makes too many people think of the word "mildew".

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Meanings and history of the name Mildred: | Edit

This old English name means "gentle strength".

Famous real-life people named Mildred: | Edit

St. Mildred, abbess of Minster-in-Thane
Mildred J. Hill, co-writer with her sister Patty of the song "Happy Birthday to You". Mildred composed the tune.
Athlete "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias' real first name was Mildred.
Mildred Natwick, Broadway actress
Mildred Howard, African-American sculptor
Mildred Burke, American professional wrestler

Mildred in song, story & screen: | Edit

Mildred Bylane, character in the movie "Cars".
Mildred Pierce, self-sacrificing maternal heroine of the eponymous 1945 film, played by Joan Crawford.

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