Meaning “armed warrior.”
The name is a popular older German name. It is considered rather old fashioned in German speaking countries these days.
The name was borne by both the mother and wife of famous bandit, Jesse James. James’ wife, (pictured above), was known affectionately as Little Z, in order to differentiate her from her mother-in-law. The women were cousins and, in the James Family’s case, their shared name was most likely a family name. Although both women spelled their name Zerelda, it is more likely than not that their name was derived from the traditional Germanic form.