Continental Spanish (thoh-RYE-dah); New World Spanish (zoh-RYE-dah).
This pretty, feminine and exotic name is believed to be of Arabic origins but its original source has been lost. It was first introduced into the Spanish speaking world via Cervantes for his novel Don Quixote (1606). It is the name of a beautiful Moorish woman who falls in love with a Christian Spanierd with whom she elopes. It appears on the Spanish calender and its feast day is July 22.