Golda, Goldie

Golda is a Yiddish female name meaning “gold”. Goldie could be a nickname for Golda, though it’s also an English name, originally used as a nickname for someone who had blond hair or who was a goldsmith, making it a unisex name. Goldie was also used as a nickname for someone who had an unusual pigmentation of one eye. Both Golda and Goldie are also surnames.

Origin: Yiddish, English

Variants:

  • Goldy (English)
  • Golde (Yiddish)

 

Gilda

Gilda comes from Germanic element gild meaning “sacrifice, value”, originally a nickname for Ermenegilda, the Italian feminine form of Ermenegildo, itself the Italian form of Spanish and Portuguese name Hermenegildo which comes from a Visigothic name meaning “complete sacrifice” or “whole sacrifice” from Germanic elements ermen (whole, universal) and gild (sacrifice, value).

Gilda could also be from Old English gyldan meaning “to gild, to cover with a thin layer of gold” which comes from Proto-Germanic *gulthjan and gulþą (gold).

Gilda could also be the feminine form of Gildas, the Latinized form of a Celtic name. Though the etymology isn’t certain, it might be derived from Celtic elements *kCElyo (companion) + *dCEwo (a God) meaning “companion of God” or “servant of God”.

Origin: Germanic, Celtic

Male forms:

  • Gild
  • Gildas (Brythonic)