"grey battle"

Griselda Origin and Meaning

The name Griselda is a girl's name of German origin meaning "grey battle".

Griselda is a famous folklore figure, noted for her patience and obedience. Her story has been told by Petrarch, Chaucer, Boccaccio and set to music by Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Massenet.

In the most famous telling of her story, Griselda's husband tests her fidelity and obedience three times. Once at the birth of her daughter, whom he asks Griselda to give up to be put to death. Griselda agrees. Her husband asks the same of their second child, a son. Again, Griselda agrees. Finally, her husband renounces her to marry another. Uncomplainingly, Griselda leaves. Eventually her husband reveals that he was testing her, and surprises her by showing her her alive and well children and taking her back in.

Griselda is Anglicized as Grisell or Grizell. Zelda makes an attractive nickname option.

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Famous People Named Griselda

  • Griselda BlancoColombian drug lord
  • Griselda Gambarob. 1928, Argentina's most celebrated playwright
  • Griselda SicilianiArgentinian actress
  • Griselda Greaveswife of English novelist Alan Garner

Griselda in Pop Culture

  • Griseldaperfect wife whose patience was sorely tried by her husband in "The Decameron" (1350)
  • "Griselda" opera by Alessandro Scarlatti based on The Decameron
  • Griselda Blackwoodcharacter from TV's "The Worst Witch"
  • Griseldacharacter in "The Cuckoo Clock" (1877) by Mrs Molesworth
  • Griselda Grantly (later Lady Dumbello)character in Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series
  • Barbara Griseldathe hideous Countess Gruffanuff (wife to Jenkins) in Thackeray's "The Rose and the Ring" (1855)
  • Griseldaminor character in the video game Odin Sphere
  • Griseldaminor character in Sword Art Online
  • "Auntie Griselda" song by The Monkees
  • "Griselda" song by Yo La Tengo
  • Griseldaa dryad in Marissa Burt's "Storybound"