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What does Griselda mean?

Griselda Pronunciation of Griselda as a girls' name is pronounced gri-ZELL-dah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Griselda is "grey battle". From gris and hild. Also possibly "gray fighting maid" or the name may derive from the German word "gries", meaning "gravel" or "stone". Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio's and Chaucer used the name in a tale about an exceptionally patient wife, "Patient Griselda".


ASSOCIATED WITH battle, stone (rock), tale (literary)


VARIANTS Chriselda, Gricelda, Gricely, Grisel, Griseldis, Grisella, Griselle, Griselly, Grishelda, Grishilde, Grissel, Grizel, Grizelda, Gryselde, Gryzelde, Selda, Zelda, Zelde



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How popular is Griselda?

Griselda is a very popular first name for women (#1066 out of 4276, Top 25%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Griselda entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #697 in the U.S. in the year 1993, but is not ranked at the moment. (2016 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Griselda name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Zelda (#689 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) is the only other popular alternative form of Griselda listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Griselda were popular as birth names during the years 1910-1919 and are almost as popular today. Griselda is more familiar than the rest, although Zelda seems to be gaining popularity too, while Griselda has become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Griselda, Zelda in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Griselda and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Aricela, Aricella, Ariela, Ariella, Aristella, Briseida, Criselda, Cristella, Drusella, Frieda, Ghisele, Ghisella, Gilda, Ginella, Giralda, Gisela, Giselda, Gisele, Gisella, Giselle, Gizela, Gizella, Gracella, Graciela, Graciella, Gracilia, Graziella, Jisela, Kristella, Marisela, Marisella, Moisella (see Moselle), Orelda, Orielda, Oriella, Priela, Priella, Priscella, Prisila, Prisilla (see Priscilla), Siselya, Uriela, Uriella, Uriyella and Ursella. These names tend to be less commonly used than Griselda.

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