The Young Shepherdess (1885) William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Gender: Feminine

Origin: German

Meaning: “Dark battle; stone; grey warrior maiden.”

Pronunciation: (grih-ZEL-dah) Griselda

Nicknames: Zelda, Gris, Grisi, Grey, Grizzly, Grace, Elda

Detail: In medieval European lore, Griselda was the wife of nobleman who tolerated any annoyance or grief he caused her. She is known in several literary works, including the Canterbury Tales and the Decameron, as “Patient Griselda.”

In the Clerk’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Lord Walter, an Italian Nobleman takes the Shepherd girl Griselda as his wife.

Griselda Marchbanks personally examines Harry Potter in his O.W.L.s.


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Gender: Feminine

Origin: French

Meaning: “Wild rose; sweetbrier.”

Pronunciation: Fre (EG-lun-teen) ; Eng (EG-lun-tine)

Listen to it here: Eglantine

Nicknames: Eggie, Eggs or Tina

Detail: Eglantine Banks was the mother of Peregrin Took in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

In the General Prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales the Prioress is named Madame Eglantine (in the form Eglentyne).