[ 2 syll. zel-da, ze-lda ] The baby girl name Zelda is pronounced ZEHL-Dah in English †. Zelda's language of origin is Germanic, Turkish, and Yiddish. It is predominantly used in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish. Yiddish origin, Yiddish use: It is derived from the word selig which is of the meaning 'happy, blessed'. The name was first made famous by Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), the wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In addition, Zelda is an English and Hebrew contracted form of the English, German, Italian, and Spanish Griselda.
Zelda is also an English and Yiddish form of the English and Turkish Selda.
Zelda is the feminine equivalent of the Hebrew and Yiddish Selig.
Another variant of the name is the contracted form Zel.
Zelda is a rather popular baby girl name, and it is also regarded as trendy. At the modest height of its usage in 1911, 0.026% of baby girls were named Zelda. It had a ranking of #379 then. The baby name has seen a steep drop in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #667 with a usage of 0.024%, having regained its popularity somewhat in the recent decade. Within all girl names in its family, Zelda was the most widely used.
† Pronunciation for Zelda: 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)"
A famous person named Zelda is Novelist, Zelda Fitzgerald, born July 24, 1900 - March 10, 1948, Montgomery, Alabama.