Gender: Female Meaning of Zelda: "gray fighting maid" Origin of Zelda: Diminutive of Griselda Zelda's Popularity in 2019: #662

Zelda Origin and Meaning

The name Zelda is a girl's name of German origin meaning "gray fighting maid".

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 was in baby name limbo for a number of years, but it's making a comeback with the interest in Z (and X) names. It was one of the fastest-rising girls’ names of 2015, when it entered the Top 1000 for the first time in nearly 50 years.

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-turned-television show. Trivia tidbit: Marilyn Monroe was known to sometimes use the pseudonym Zelda Zonk.

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Rank in US: #662

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