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Contributor Contrib.Eirik da Silva on 5/19/2007
Meaning uncertain. This is the name of the patron saint of Toledo, Spain. It might have an Arabic origin, considering the history - Saint Casilda of Toledo was born a Moorish princess - and perhaps comes from Arabic قصيدة (qaṣīda) meaning "poem". Alternatively it may be derived from a dithematic Germanic name in which the second element is hild "battle"; it has been proposed that the first element is Old High German hadu- (Old Saxon hathu) which also means "battle", however, this combination of name elements - hadu and hild - is not found in Ernst Förstemann's Altdeutsches namenbuch (1856).It appears in the novel Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes, and was later used by Victor Hugo for a character in his play Ruy Blas (1838). Gilbert and Sullivan also used it in their 1889 opera The Gondoliers (where it belongs to the Duke of Plaza Toro's daughter, who marries the rightful King of Barataria).