Mildred Name Meaning & Origin

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.

Related Names:

Millie, Milly

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Comments and insights on the name Mildred: | Edit

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

Yes, indeed. The name Mildred makes me think of dredding something.

Personal experiences with the name Mildred: | Edit

I had a lovely friend named Mildred, who was called Millie, who has since passed away. When she was on the way her grandmother was dying and the grandmother said to the parents, "If the baby's a girl, please name it after me", so she was named Mildred after the grandmother. She was a very pretty, gracious, lovely person, and the name didn't fit her.

Nicknames for Mildred: | Edit

Millie
Mil
Mid
Midge
Micki

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.
Mildred Hubble, character in The Worst Witch children's book series by Jill Murphy. She is the protagonist in all the books and the movie made in 1985 with Fairuza Balk.

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