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".
(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)
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 #647. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. The only other prominent alternative form of Zelda (#647 the previous year) is Griselda. Adoption of these relations of Zelda was at its peak in the 1910s and has remained as widespread to this day, but with the version Griselda becoming less fashionable. Griselda is more widely used than the rest, though Zelda is currently ranked higher.
Similar NamesSuggested 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.See names in meaning and etymology.