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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 be derived from a Germanic name in which the second element is hild "battle", or it may have an Arabic origin, considering the history (Saint Casilda of Toledo was born a Moorish princess). This name appears in the novel Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes, and was later used by Gilbert and Sullivan in their 1889 opera The Gondoliers (where it belongs to the Duke of Plaza Toro's daughter, who marries the rightful King of Barataria).