|Language(s)||Old High German|
|Alternative spelling||Hildegarde, Hildegarda, Ildegarda, Hildegárd, Hildegardis|
Hildegard is a female name derived from the Old High German hild ('war' or 'battle') and gard ('enclosure' or 'yard'), and means 'battle enclosure'. Variant spellings include: Hildegarde; the Polish, Portuguese, Slovene and Spanish Hildegarda; the Italian Ildegarda; the Hungarian Hildegárd; and the ancient German Hildegardis.
Notable people with the name
- Hilda (Hildegarde) Vīka (1897–1963), Latvian artist and writer
- Hildegard (music duo), 2021 electronic music project by Canadian musicians Helena Deland and Ouri
- Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), Christian saint
- Hildegard of Fraumünster (828–856 or 859), daughter of Louis the German and first abbess of Fraumünster
- Hildegard of the Vinzgau, second wife of Charlemagne
- Hildegard, Countess of Auvergne or Matilda (c. 802–841), daughter of Emperor Louis the Pious and Ermengarde of Hesbaye
- Hildegard Behrens (1937–2009), German opera singer
- Hildegard Falck (born 1949), German middle distance runner and Olympic medalist
- Hildegard Goebbels (1934–1945), daughter of Nazi Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels and Magda Goebbels.
- Hildegard Hamm-Brücher (1921–2016), German politician
- Hildegarde Howard (1901–1998), American paleornithologist
- Hildegarde Kneeland (1889–1994), American economist and statistician
- Hildegard Knef (1925–2002), German actress, singer and writer
- Hildegard Korf Kallmann-Bijl (1908–1968), German-born American physicist
- Hildegard Körner (born 1959), East German middle distance runner and Olympian
- Hildegard Puwak (1949–2018), Romanian politician
- Hildegard Werner, Swedish musician
- Hildegarde (1906–2005), American cabaret singer
- Hildegarde Flanner (1899–1987), American poet and activist
- Hildegarde Dolson Lockridge (1908–1981), poet, playwright and novelist
- Hildegarde Naughton, Irish politician and mayor of Galway
- Hildegart Rodríguez Carballeira, activist for socialism and sexual revolution
Notable fictional characters
- Hildegarde Antoinette "Hilda" Spellman, a character in the comic book Sabrina the Teenage Witch and subsequent television series.
- Hildegarde (Marvel Comics), a Valkyrie
- Hildegarde Withers, in novels and films
- Hildegard von Krone, from the Soul series of fighting games
- Hildegard von Mariendorf, from Legend of the Galactic Heroes
- Hildegarde T., from the anime and manga series Beelzebub by Ryūhei Tamura
- Hildegarde, in the Johann Strauss operetta Simplicius
- Hildegard 'Hildy' Johnson, from 1940 American comedy film His Girl Friday
- Princess Hildegard, from the Disney animated series Sofia the First
- Hildegarde, from the game Catan (web/app version)
- Hildegard; 'Devout Oracle' from the mobile game Dragalia Lost
- Hildegarde (Hilda) from the manga and anime series Beelzebub Beelzebub (manga)
- Hildegard Hamhocker, a character in Tumbleweeds (comic strip)
- Hildegard "Hildy" Gloom, witch and main antagonist of The 7D
- Mike Campbell. "Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Hildegard". Behind the Name.
- Patrick Hanks; Kate Hardcastle; Flavia Hodges (2006). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. pp. 224–. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1.
Hildegard From an old Germanic female personal name composed of hild 'battle' + gard 'enclosure'.
- Toñi F. Castellón (1990). El significado de los nombres (in Spanish). Editorial Sirio, S.A. pp. 137–. ISBN 978-84-7808-311-4.