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)

 

Zelda

Zelda was originally used as a nickname for Griseldaa female given name meaning “gray battle” from Germanic elements gris (gray) and hild (battle), though it’s now used as a given name in its own right.

Zelda is also a Yiddish name, the feminine form of Selig, meaning “blessed, happy” in Yiddish.

Origin: Germanic, Yiddish

Variants:

  • Selda (English)
  • Griselda
  • Grizel (Scottish)
  • Griselda (Spanish)
  • Zelde (Yiddish)
  • Zilda (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Selig (Yiddish)
  • Zelig (Yiddish)

 

Kayla

Origin: Hebrew, English

Meaning: Kayla could be a variant transcription of Kaila, the Yiddish form of Hebrew Kelila meaning “crown of laurel”.

Kayla is also a dialect spoken by members of the Agaw people of Ethiopia, possibly meaning “artisan” or “one who has not crossed” in reference to the fact that Jews had to avoid certain actitivities during the Shabbat. Either way, Kayla has a long history of being used by Ashkenazi Jews in the 19th century, and it’s possible that immigration brought it to the United States, though it’s just as likely that Kayla came into its own by combining given name Kay with the suffix –la.