[ 2 syll. gil-da, gi-lda ] The baby girl name Gilda is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced GIHL-Daa †. Gilda is of Germanic and Gothic origin. It is used mainly in English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish. Germanic origin, English, German, and Italian use: The name could have evolved as a diminutive of Germanic names with the element gild (meaning 'sacrifice, tribute'). Alternatively, the name could be from the Old English element for 'golden' or the Gaelic word for 'servant of God'. The name was also known from the Old English Eormenhild. The popularity of the name was given a boost from Verdi's Rigoletto (1851), where Gilda is the ill-fated and innocent girl who sacrifices herself for her love, the Duke of Mantua.
In addition, Gilda is a diminutive (English, French, Italian, and Spanish) of the name Hermenegilda.
Gilda is the feminine version of the German, Italian, and Spanish Gildo.
Gilda is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1927, 0.026% of baby girls were named Gilda. It had a ranking of #382 then. The baby name has fallen out of favor since then, and is currently used only on a very light scale. Out of all girl names in its family, Gilda was nevertheless the most commonly used in 2012. Gilda has in the last century been mainly given to baby girls.
Baby names that sound like Gilda include Galatée, Galead, Galeed, Galeid, Galied, Galit, Galyde, Gelda, Gildah, Gildi, Gildie, Gildy, Gillet, Gillot, Gladdee, Gladdey, Gladdi, Gladdie, Gladdy, and Gladi.
† Pronunciation for Gilda: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Gilda is Gilda Radner, Comedian, born 28 June 1946 - 20 May 1989, Detroit, Michigan.