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)
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.