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Gender: F Meaning of Zelda: "gray fighting maid" Origin of Zelda: Diminutive of Griselda

Classified as an early exotic, Zelda has long and often been used as such for characters in books and films. Since 1986, Zelda has been a prime Nintendo name, as in the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Zelda has been in baby name limbo for a number of years--off the Top 1000 since 1967--but there could be signs of a comeback with the interest in Z (and X) names.

For many, there will always be a strong association to Scott Fitzgerald's tortured wife, herself a writer and a symbol of the 1920's Jazz Age--also the subject of a recent novel. Trivia tidbit: Marilyn Monroe was known to sometimes use the pseudonym Zelda Zonk.

Famous People Named Zelda

Zelda Fitzgerald, American novelist; wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald
Zelda May Rubinstein, American actress
Zelda Rae Williams, American actress; daughter of Robin Williams
Zelda Popkin, American mystery novelist
Zelda Harris, American actress
Zelda Sears, American actress and writer

Pop Culture References for the name Zelda

Zelda Heap, character in the Septimus Heap book series
Zelda, Sabrina's aunt on TV's "Sabrina the Teenage Witch"
Zelda, character in Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast
Zelda, character in the Legend of Zelda video games
Zelda, a main character in Morris Gleitzman's "Once", "Then" , "After" and "Now".
Zelda Zonk, a pseudonym used by Marilyn Monroe
Zelda Reginhard, character in anime and manga series Lotte no Omocha!
Zelda, character in the British TV series Terrahawks
Zelda Dobinski, a character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

Zellda, Zelde, Selda