[ 3 syll. gri-sel-da, gr-ise-lda ] The baby girl name Griselda is pronounced in English as GRih-ZEHL-Dah †. Griselda is an English, German, Italian, and Spanish name of Germanic origin. The name is of the meaning gray warrior. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'gris' meaning gray ; 'hild' battle, fight. The name was popular in the Middle Ages. It was known from 'Patient Griselda', the patient and obedient wife in the tales told by Petrarch, Boccaccio and Chaucer.
Griselda is a widely used name; it has 31 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Criselda (also used in Spanish), Giorsal, Gnishilda, Gricely, Griselde, Grisella, Griselle, Griselly, Griselys, Grishelda, Grishilda, Grishilde, Grisjahilde, Grissel, Grisselda, Grizela, Grizelda, Grizzel, Gryselda, Gryselde, Gryzelda, and Gryzelde. The contractions Grisel, Selda, and Zelda (also used in Hebrew), and the variant spelling Gricelda are other English forms.
Griselda is unusual as a baby name for girls. Its usage peaked modestly in 1993 with 0.015% of baby girls being given the name Griselda. Its ranking then was #700. The baby name has since fallen out of favor, and is today of very light use. Among all girl names in its group, Griselda was nonetheless the most frequently used in 2012.
† Pronunciation for Griselda: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"