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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. her-tsə-LIE-də  [key]
Other Forms FormsHerzeloyde

Meaning & History

From the German word for "heart sorrow, heartache". Herzeloyde was its original form, created by Wolfram von Eschenbach for the Queen of Wales and mother of Perceval in his Middle High German romance Parzival (1200–1210), probably to express the queen’s sorrow for losing her husband and later her son (when Perceval leaves her lands for King Arthur's court, she dies from a broken heart).
Herzeleide was the form used by Richard Wagner for his opera 'Parsifal', loosely based on Wolfram's epic poem.

This was the name of a granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II by his son, Oskar: Princess Herzeleide Ina Marie Sophie Charlotte Else (1918-1989), named "heart's sorrow" because she was born shortly after the fall of the German Empire and collapse of the monarchy.
Added 6/25/2007 by MariaNikolaievnaRoma
Edited 4/25/2019 by elbowin, Frollein Gladys, SeaHorse15 and more