Gender: Female Meaning of Isolde: "ice ruler" Origin of Isolde: Welsh

Isolde Origin and Meaning

The name Isolde is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "ice ruler".

Now that Tristan has been rediscovered, maybe it's time for his fabled lover in the Arthurian romances and Wagnerian opera, a beautiful Irish princess, to be brought back into the light as well.

This would make an artistic and romantic choice, as the medieval heroine is seen as a symbol of undying--if unhappy--love.

In Marilyn French's novel The Women's Room, the character Isolde is nicknamed Iso. Isolde is currently a Top 500 name in the Netherlands.

Variations include Iseult, Isolt, Isoud, Isolda and Yseult.

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Famous People Named Isolde

Pop Culture References for the name Isolde

Ysotte, Isottotte, Isold, Isolte, Isolt, Yseuhe, Yseult, Ysolda, Iseult, Ysolde, Yseut

Isolde's International Variations

Esylit (Welsh) Isolda (Spanish) Isotta (Italian)


ThatsAmore Says:


Agree. And add: ee-zohld + ee-zult

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


On merlin (where I first heard it) they said it like Is-old-uh

Eu Says:


I think there are a number of legitmate pronunciations, as the different spellings lend themselves to different ways of saying it. I have heard: is-SYLT (or the Cornish form Eseld), ee-SALT (rhymes with sea salt, an Irish girl named Iseult told me) and i-ZOHL-duh. I think the fact that the opera is Germanic and that this would be the authentic Germanic pronunciation has made this somewhat of a default in English... though the Spanish spelling Isolda might be a more obvious way to get to that pronunciation.

Mhill46 Says:


What is the authentic pronunciation of this name? I've heard so many different things.

xhart Says:


I absolutely adore this name. There's no way for me to properly verbalize how much I love it. If I ever have a daughter it would make me so happy to be able to name her Isolde Adele. I've always thought Ollie would be a great nickname.

thisbevictoria Says:


I have always pronounced this as iz-old. It makes more sense, especially since the spelling variations include Iseult & Isolt. The pronounciation iz-old-uh or iz-old-ee have always seemed incorrect to me.

J. Says:



hufflepuff Says:


Love the name Isolde! I say it "ees-uhl-dah."

EW314 Says:


I love this name! It's beautiful, romantic and rare, plus the meaning is really cool! I say "ih-ZOLD-duh" ("ih" like in "kit").

Lola Says:


Love this name, but I would spell it Ihsoldi, Aisoldi or Eisoldi So it would not be pronounced wrong. (as in I-sold or Is-old)

vintageisfave Says:


All I can see is "is old". I wouldn't want to bestow that upon my daughter.

TaliaCat Says:


Kind of a cool name!

yvonne_virginia Says:


I thought it was I-sold soundwise.

Zuzana Says:


One of my favorite names

JustBrowsing Says:


I love this name and the story of Tristan, but I would go with one of the other spellings simply because of the "is old" part.

Catastroffy Says:


What is the authentic pronunciation? "Ee-zold"? "Eye-zolda"? "Izold-ee"?

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I like the name but don't like the pronounciation.

clairels Says:


This might be my favorite current name. I'll change my mind tomorrow.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


Thank you :)

Guest Says:


I just watched the movie trailer for Tristan and Isolde (2006). Isolde is pronounced eez-old (in the movie).

raevynstar Says:


I say it eez-OLD-uh.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


Okay thank you :)

Myosotis Says:


I say Iz-OLD-uh, but I think some say Iz-OLD.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


How do you pronounce this name exactly?

Hydra Says:


Nice sound, but all I can see is "I sold".

OliviaSarah Says:


Just pointing out, the origins listed are slightly off. The meaning 'Ice Ruler' is not Welsh, it's Germanic. It does have a strong Celtic history but it's Welsh meaning is along the lines of 'beautiful, pleasant to look at' (from the Welsh word syllt).

leonoras Says:


I love this name, but if you pronounce it wrong it sounds like, "is old".

rainierloner Says:


I love the wintry feel of this name and the romantic story of Isolde and Tristan. Definitely a favorite.

Sorceress Says:


One of prettiest names.