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What does Gilda mean?

Gilda Pronunciation of Gilda as a girls' name is pronounced JILL-dah, GILL-dah, GEEL-dah. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Gilda is "entire, total, sacrifice". An Italian short form of Teutonic names containing gilde "sacrifice"; can be traced to Ermengilda (from Herminigild, derived from ermin or irmin "entire, total"), an Anglo-Saxon name. The name of the heroine in Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" in 1851. Familiar since the 1940s due to the movie "Gilda" starring Rita Hayworth. In the 1980s: actress/comedienne Gilda Radner.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, heroine, opera


(female) Gildi, ..

(male) Gilga, ..

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How popular is Gilda?

Gilda is a very prominent first name for women (#958 out of 4276, Top 22%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#142819 out of 150436, Top 95%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Gilda was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex rank of #467 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not found in the list currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Similar Names

Gilda is alike in pronunciation to Golda, Goldee, Goldi, Goldia, Goldie and Goldy. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aida, Alda, Allda, Cinda, Elda, Gada, Gala, Galea, Galia, Galla, Galya, Garda, Geila, Gelya, Gerda, Gia, Giana, Gila, Gilah, Gilana, Gilia, Giliah, Gilian, Giliya, Gillan, Gilly, Gina, Ginia, Ginya, Gioia, Gioya, Gisa, Giselda, Gita, Gitta, Giula, Giulia, Glila, Glinda, Golde, Guida, Gunilda, Hilda, Hinda, Holda, Hulda, Hylda, Kelda, Lida, Milada, Minda, Nelda, Niada, Nilda, Nillda (see Nilda), Rida, Selda, Thilda, Tilda, Valda, Velda, Vida, Vieda, Walda, Welda, Wilda, Willda, Wylda and Zelda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gilda.

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