Gilda \gi(l)-da\ as a girl's name is pronounced JILL-dah, GILL-dah, GEEL-dah. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Gilda is "golden, gilded". A short form of Teutonic names containing "gilde"; can be traced to Ermengilda, an Anglo-Saxon name. Familiar since the 1940s due to the movie "Gilda" starring Rita Hayworth. In the 1980s: actress/comedienne Gilda Radner.