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Gender: female
Pronunciation: gri-ZELL-dah, gra-ZELL-da
Meaning: "dark battle," "gray-haired"
Related Names: Chriselda, Gricelda, Gricely, Grisel, Griseldis, Grisella, Griselle, Griselly, Grishelda, Grishilde, Grissel, Grizel, Grizelda, Grizll, Gryselde, Gryzelde, Selda, Zelda, Zelde

Length: 8 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: griselda Origin: [[Origin::origin:Old German]], [[Category:origin:Old German Names]], [[Category:origin:Old German Given Names]], Germanic,, Meaning (no case): "dark battle," "gray-haired"



Griselda is derived from the German name Grishilda, which is from the Old German gris (or grisja) “gray” and hild “battle,” though it may come from the Old German gries “gravel,” or “stone.” It has been variously translated as “dark battle,” “Christian battle,” and “gray battle maiden.” From Latin it means “gray-haired,” and from Teutonic “gray-haired heroine.”


According to the Social Security Administration, Griselda hit the list of top 1000 baby girl names for three decades:

  • 1970s – 836
  • 1980s – 741
  • 1990s – 897

Zelda, a short form of the name, was on the list from the 1880s through the 1960s, at a low of 905 and achieving a high of 403. [1]


  • In 1353, Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio published The Decameron, a collection of short tales, the last of which involved a character named Griselda. She was the very patient and long-suffering wife of an abusive husband, and from this story arose the old adage, “the patience of Griselda.”
  • According to the science of numerology, people named Griselda tend to have a great joie de vivre, are very creative, and love the limelight. They’re affectionate, and self-expression is definitely a strong suit. Though they are responsible, they tend to lack self-discipline and can be rather reckless.
  • The results of an analyzation of the name Griselda using the Kabalarian Philosophy are much the same as those of numerology. According to the Kabalarian Philosophy, the name creates the urge to be responsible, though it’s difficult to achieve due to a scattered and emotional nature. It creates self-confidence, happiness, and spontaneity, which others like. Natural and easy speakers, they sometimes have to stop themselves from talking too much. [1]
  • Griselda Grey is a National Comics comic book character. [1]
  • Madam Griselda Marchbanks is a character in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Rowling 707)



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Author: Madeleine Wieder


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Matthews , Brander . "Notes to The Story of Griselda ." 8 Jun 2008 <>.

Rowling, J.K.. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 1st. New York: Scholastic Press, 2003.

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"Your First Name of: Griselda." Kabalarian Philosophy. Society of Kabalarians of Canada & Kabalarian Philosophy. 8 Jun 2008 <>.

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Facts about GriseldaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 8  +
Meaning dark battle, gray-haired  +
Meaningnc "dark battle," "gray-haired"  +
Name griselda  +
Origin Germanic  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation gri-ZELL-dah, gra-ZELL-da  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Chriselda  +, Gricelda  +, Gricely  +, Grisel  +, Griseldis  +, Grisella  +, Griselle  +, Griselly  +, Grishelda  +, Grishilde  +, Grissel  +, Grizel  +, Grizelda  +, Grizll  +, Gryselde  +, Gryzelde  +, Selda  +, Zelda  +, and Zelde  +
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