Origin of the name HOLDA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HOLDA.
name for the Teutonic goddess of love, Freja (q.v.),
meaning "helper," from Gothic holthen ("to
and Heroines of Fiction, Classical Mediaeval, Legendary, Walsh,
1915). Also spelled Holla
... Some have tried to identify
Holda with Huldah,
the prophetess, in the Old Testament, but this is manifestly a
blunder. And, on the other hand, Bertha is supposed to be a name
of the goddess Freya, the wife of Odin; but it appears that though Huldr
may possibly have been originally a beneficent form of this goddess, yet
that there is no evidence of Bertha's prevailing in heathen times, and
therefore the most probable conclusion is that she is really the
impersonation of the Epiphany, with the attributes of Holda. (History
of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).