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Gender: Female Meaning of Zelda: "gray fighting maid" Origin of Zelda: Diminutive of Griselda Zelda's Popularity in 2017: #649

The name Zelda is a girl's name of German origin meaning "gray fighting maid". Zelda is ranked #649 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Hipster Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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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Famous People Named Zelda

Zelda Fitzgerald, American novelist; wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald
Zelda May Rubinstein, American actress
Zelda Popkin, American mystery novelist
Zelda Harris, American actress
Zelda Sears, American actress and writer
Zelda Rae Williams, American actress; daughter of Robin Williams
Zelda June Topolsky, daughter of tech guru Joshua Topolsky of Engadget
Zelda Violet Frissberg (b. 2015), daughter of Emma Bloomberg and Chris Frissora; granddaughter of politician Michael Bloomberg

Pop Culture References for the name Zelda

Zelda, main character in the hit game series, The Legend of 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, 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, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Zelda Mae, character in "The Sims 3" computer game

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