Mildred: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mildred
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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This old English name means "gentle strength".
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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
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Mildred Bylane, character in the movie "Cars".
Mildred Pierce, self-sacrificing maternal heroine of the eponymous 1945 film, played by Joan Crawford.