Meaning and Name Origin
Zelda \z(e)-lda, zel-da\ as a girls' name is pronounced ZEL-dah. Nickname of Griselda (Old German) "dark battle". Name of F. Scott Fitzgerald's glamorous but unstable wife. The similar-sounding Zelde is a Yiddish name meaning "happiness".
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 #418 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Zelda and associated names. The only other prominent alternative form of Zelda is Griselda. Adoption of these girl names was at its peak during 1910-1919 and has become much less since, with the versions Griselda and Zelda becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)