Possibly Proto-Germanic *grēwaz 'grey' + Old High German hiltja 'battle'.
The character of "Patient Griselda" occurs in both Petrarch and Chaucer, as well as other, less-well known, literature, and her popularity contributed to the use of the name in the later period.
- Early Modern English
- ● 1560 Grysell RegBisham p. 1;
1572 Gryssell BUmar-vol9 p. 5;
1576 Grissell StAnthonlin p. 25
- ● 1488 Griselda (nom) carbonell-I p. 24
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Griselda". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Griselda.