Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. KREEM-hilt(German)

Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic elements grim "mask" and hild "battle". Kriemhild was a beautiful heroine in the Germanic saga the Nibelungenlied, where she is the sister of Günther and the wife of Siegfried. After her husband is killed by Hagen with the consent of Günther, Kriemhild tragically exacts her revenge.

Related Names

VariantsKriemhilde, Krimhilde(German) Grimhilt(Germanic Mythology)
Other Languages & CulturesGrimhilt(Ancient Germanic) Grímhildr(Norse Mythology) Grímhildr(Old Norse)


Kriemhild's Accusation (1879) by Emil LaufferKriemhild's Accusation (1879) by Emil Lauffer

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Entry updated April 25, 2021