US Popularity:1374
Meaning:grey battle maid
Beloved by Millennials across the globe, Zelda is a girl's name of German origin whose legendary status is far more than just the benevolent fictitious princess. Capable of conjuring nostalgia and enduring fascination, this iconic name is actually a short form of Griselda which means "grey battle maid." And while Griselda's roots in folklore speak of a patient, devoted woman, Zelda paints a spirited picture more in keeping with its meaning. Led by Zelda Fitzgerald—dubbed the first American flapper—the name lives on as a symbol of feminine ability personified by artists, writers, and influential legacies.

Zelda Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Zelda is currently #1261 on The Bump
Girl:Zelda is currently #922 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Zelda is currently #1374 in U.S. births
Girl:Zelda is currently #705 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 35
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Zelda, June 2023

  • Name Doctor, Zelda

  • Behind the Name, Zelda, December 2022

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