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Hilda (f) A Germanic name, probably the first element
of compound names in most cases, though occurring as
the final element in names like Mathilda. It means ‘battle.’
Hilda was very fashionable in England and Wales from
1900-25. In Scotland it was 90th most frequently used
name in 1935, but it was by then clearly going out of fashion. Scott had earlier told the story of St Hilda in Marmion (i8o8). Hylda is occasionally found as a variant.

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