Gender: Female Pronunciation: Gri-ZEL-da Meaning of Griselda: "grey battle" Origin of Griselda: German

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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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I agree. Zelda is much more attractive, while Griselda reminds me too much of gristle, grizzle.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Too close to gristle.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Also Gabriella has almost all those letters and is gorgeous!

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


You are crazy! This name is the epitome of horrible!

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Gloria has many of those letters, and is a much nicer name.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Gross! Just call her Zelda or Giselle.

Diaper Bagge Says:


Love this name!

mamanmia Says:


sounds too much like gristle, grizzle. I love the nn Zelda though and would definitely use that as a stand alone name

KaiLun Says:


Not familiar with grizz or the Monkees' song so the sound of the name itself doesn't bother me. So, I would like this name more if it wasn't for the awful story.

KaiLun Says:


I was disappointed in reading the story too. Hate the awful 'women must be subservient to men' message!

Bobcat108 Says:


So many negatives...a terrible story (& yes, I understand it's Griselda's husband who's the jackass, but Griselda is the epitome of passiveness), the sound of grizz (a British term for whining), the Monkees' song "Auntie Griselda" (another unpleasant character)...

Daiseymae Says:


Just no!

indiefendi2 Says:


There's something clunky-cute about this one. :P

lesliemarion Says:


I adore Griselda! Though I completely support Pam and Linda's right to call it a wicked step-sister name. I'm so sick of PC garbage. Vive la difference!

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


When I clicked on the name, I was genuinely interested in finding out about it's character, history, namesakes etc. Unfortunately, Nameberry has (yet again) left one of its infamous, juvenile comments. I'm disappointed but, I shan't let that deter me from admitting that this is a great and truly epic name. It might not be as stereotypically frilly or girly in comparison to the girl names that are currently in at the moment but, I assure you that I'd rather see a thousand Griseldas than one more Nevaeh, Skylyn or Kinzleigh.

Edit: Yes! Finally, a decent description. Thank you!

Zelliew Says:


This name will never make the top 20

Sorceress Says:


Griselda has some medieval clunky loveliness and that's why I love it. I love names that have letters s, l, e, i, r, a, and hard g, so this name is great find.

mymel0dy Says:


This is one of those names that I thought I was alone in liking. I am pleased to see I am not the only one that loves this great old name.

Hydra Says:


Griselda doesn't mean "grey battle maid". It just means "grey battle". I really like this, but I prefer the Latinate form of Griseldis. It's a cool name.

rie Says:


I know right! I don't find it a 'wicked stepsister' name! Actually I like wicked stepsister names anyhow. Ex: Anastasia, Drizella ;D

LowSlash Says:


I love this name! Zelda has been on my list for ages but I prefer longer names to balance my short surname, so this is the best of both worlds. The nickname Griz is also adorable.

madmaddie Says:


I like it, but the meaning is less than stellar.