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Mildred (f) An Old English name, composed of elements
meaning ‘mild’ and ‘strength.’ It enjoyed a very minor
spell of popularity around the turn of the century. For
Helena Swan, writing in 1900 (Girls’ Christian Names), it
was ‘an extremely pretty old Anglo-Saxon name.’

A character in Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage
(1915), however, refers to it as ‘an odious name . . . so

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