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What does Zelda mean?

Zelda Pronunciation of Zelda 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".


ASSOCIATED WITH dark (black), battle, happiness (joy)


VARIANTS Selda, Zelde, Zellda

(female) Zelna, ..

(male) Zeldai, ..

Zelda Adilene (Z.A.), ..

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)

Zelda reached its peak rank of #403 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is currently at #667. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent alternative form of Zelda (#667 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) is Griselda. Adoption of these relations of Zelda was at its peak in the year 2017 and has remained as widespread to this day, but with the version Griselda becoming less fashionable. Zelda is more widely used than the rest.

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-sounding 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.

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