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Meaning and Name Origin

Gilda \gi(l)-da\ as a girls' name is pronounced JILL-dah, GILL-dah, GEEL-dah. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Gilda is "golden, gilded". A short form of Teutonic names containing "gilde"; can be traced to Ermengilda, an Anglo-Saxon name. Familiar since the 1940s due to the movie "Gilda" starring Rita Hayworth. In the 1980s: actress/comedienne Gilda Radner.


Gilda is a very prominent first name for women (#958 out of 4276, Top 22%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Gilda for girls. Gilda was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex rank of #485 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gilda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gilda outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gilda is alike in pronunciation to Golda, Goldi, Goldia and Goldy. Other suggested similar baby names are Gila, Gilia, Hilda, Nilda, Tilda and Wilda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gilda.