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Gender: female
Pronunciation: GEE-zel-uh
Meaning: pledge, offspring or noble heritage, ray, the radiant
Related Names: Giselberta, Gisella, Giselle, Gisle, Gisèle, Gizela

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: gisela Origin: German,,, French,, Meaning (no case): pledge, offspring or noble heritage, ray, the radiant



The name Gisela is of Germanic descent and comes either from an old German word meaning 'offspring' or an old German word meaning 'ray' or 'radiant'. Currently, the name is said to mean 'pledge', but the original Germanic words point to either 'offspring' or 'radiant', which make more sense as a chosen given name's meaning. [1]

The name has many forms around various European languages. Gisela is the Germanic form and Giselle is the French variant. In Italian, the name has a double 'l': Gisella.


The name Gisela does not make it onto the list of the top 1000 female given names in the US. Perhaps this is a good opportunity for lots of parents to use the name, as it is not likely to be one of the names that 'every kid in their class' will be carrying.

In other parts of the world, Gisela is more popular than in the US. Most notably, in Spain and Catalonia, the name is very popular, ranking 26th in Catalonia (2004) and ranking 74th in Spain (2004). [1]

In other spellings, it might also be popular in other countries.


  • Gisela in history refers to the sister of Charlemagne and was the daughter of 'Pippin the younger'. Charlemagne then named a daughter 'Gisela the younger', but little is known about the younger Gisela. The sister of Charlemagne was a nun who was said to have devoted her entire life to the church.[1]
  • Gisela is celebrated as a name day on September 4th in Sweden. [1]


  • Gisela, Arizona is a town of 2.9 square miles and a population of 532 in the US Census of 2000. [1]


  • Gisela Richter was a famous archaeologist and art historian, born in London and famous for her work. She was a revered lecturer at many US colleges (Ivy league included) and wrote a multitude of scholarly books.[1]
  • Gisela is the singular name of a popular Spanish pop star born in 1979 in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain).


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Author: Rachel Hanson


Facts about GiselaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 6  +
Meaning pledge, offspring or noble heritage, ray, the radiant  +
Meaningnc pledge, offspring or noble heritage, ray, the radiant  +
Name gisela  +
Origin German  +, and French  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation GEE-zel-uh  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Giselberta  +, Gisella  +, Giselle  +, Gisle  +, Gisèle  +, and Gizela  +
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