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What does Zelda mean?

Zelda /zel-da/ as a girls' name is pronounced ZEL-dah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Zelda is "dark battle".

Nickname of Griselda. Name of F Scott Fitzgerald's glamorous but unstable wife. The similar-sounding Zelde is a Yiddish name meaning "happiness".


Zelda has 3 variants: Selda, Zelde and Zellda.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Zelna, Zelza, ..

(male) Zeldai, Zeldok, ..

How popular is Zelda?

Zelda is a very prominent first name for females (#1034 out of 4276, Top 24%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Zelda for girls. Zelda reached its peak rank of #403 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is currently at #1158. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

The only other prominent alternative form of Zelda (#1158 the previous year) is Griselda. Adoption of these relations of Zelda was at its peak in the 1910s and has become much less since, with the version Griselda becoming less fashionable.

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

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Aeeda, Alda, Allda, Amelda, Beda, Celida, Elda, Emelda, Gerda, Gilda, Hedda, Heida, Hilda, Holda, Hulda, Hylda, Ieeda, Imelda, Kelda, Kellda (see Kelda), Kenda, Leda, Leida, Leoda, Leyda, Meda, Melida, Neda, Nedda, Nelda, Nelida, Nilda, Orelda, Reda, Reeda, Reida, Tilda, Valda, Veda, Veeda, Veida, Velda, Vellda, Walda, Welda, Wellda, Wenda, Wilda, Wylda, Ymelda, Zada, Zaida, Zalia, Zanda, Zayda, Zea, Zeeva, Zele, Zelia, Zelie, Zelima, Zelina, Zelma, Zelmah, Zena, Zenda, Zenia, Zenna, Zenya, Zetta, Zila, Zilla, Zoela, Zola and Zolia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Zelda.