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;
1583 Grisell RegBisham p. 20
- ● 1488 Griselda (nom) carbonell-I p. 24
Cite as: A. Brown, S.L. Uckelman. "Griselda". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2020, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2020/1/name/Griselda.