Thelma Name Meaning & Origin

Thelma

Pronunciation: THEHL-mə (key)

Origin of the name Thelma:

Invention of author Marie Corelli for the name of the Norwegian heroine in her novel Thelma (1887).

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Comments and insights on the name Thelma: | Edit

Contains the same letters as Hamlet.

Personal experiences with the name Thelma: | Edit

My name is Thelma. My mother named me after her friend in Kansas. Friends would nickname me Thelma Lou after Barnie Fife's girlfriend in The Andy Griffith Show. To me, it sounded old and unsophisticated. I never had any attachment to it until the film "Thelma and Louise". Now, I'm independent and adventurous.

Nicknames for Thelma: | Edit

Thelm, Tib

Meanings and history of the name Thelma: | Edit

Thelma in Farsi means tawny skin, yellowish-brown.

Famous real-life people named Thelma: | Edit

Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon, First Lady and wife of Richard Nixon. She was nicknamed "Pat" by her Irish father because she was born on March 16, the eve of St. Patrick's Day. He called her "My St. Patrick's babe in the morning."

Thelma in song, story & screen: | Edit

Thelma, the title character in Marie Corelli's novel "Thelma"
Thel, the mother in Bil Keane's comic strip "The Family Circus".
Thelma Lou, Barnie Fife's girlfriend in The Andy Griffith Show.
The title character in the film "Thelma and Louise"
Thelma Rice, character having an affair with the narrator's husband, in Nora Ephron's roman a clef, "Heartburn" and the subsequent film.

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