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In the multiple editions of the The Legend of Zelda franchise, have we ever learned Princess Zelda's full name?

Does she simply just go by the name Zelda or perhaps Zelda of Hyrule (a more classical last name derived from the country)?

Princess Zelda

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    How many characters in the Zelda universe have surnames to begin with? You might be asking about something that, for the most part, just doesn't exist in their universe. – TenthJustice Jun 20 '16 at 13:29
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    Worth noting is that Zelda has been reincarnated many times, and there's no reason to suppose her "full name" would be consistent among the many incarnations. – jpmc26 Jun 20 '16 at 15:03
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    Based on previous Nintendo naming conventions, I really want to say her name is Zelda Zelda. – Ambo100 Jun 20 '16 at 19:37
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    Which Zelda? Of the 19 LoZ games, 14 contain a character called Zelda and only one of them is a direct sequel but, even then, the Zelda in the game is a different Zelda from the previous installment. – geewhiz Jun 20 '16 at 20:45
  • @geewhiz Not entirely true. Majora's Mask was a sequel to Ocarina of Time, and Zelda appears as a figment of Link's memory. And Spirit Tracks was a sequel to Phantom Hourglass, which was set years apart, so the two Zeldas are likely related. So that's two 'direct sequel's. – Pharap Jun 21 '16 at 17:42
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Assuming she follows the same patterning as her relative (King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule) her full name and title would be Princess Zelda Hyrule.

That being said, her name is given in all of the games and additional materials as simply Princess Zelda, so it's far more likely that her name is a mononym and that her full name (including formal title) is "Princess Zelda of Hyrule", as noted in the instruction manual for The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures.

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The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures

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The Adventure of Link - Gameboy Manual

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Ocarina of Time - N64 Manual

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Oracle of Season - Gameboy Colour Manual

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    May I inquire why you frequently comment an answer on the question, then post a full answer, then leave the comment? lol – jpmc26 Jun 20 '16 at 15:04
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    @jpmc26 He left about an hour's gap. I have done this when I see a question perhaps on my mobile and I just comment really quickly. Then some time later I come back and notice that no one has yet posted a researched answer. If I have the time at that time, or later if another answer still hasn't been put up, I'll type up a full answer that wouldn't fit in a comment. I suppose not deleting the comment is a little lazy but comments aren't such a big deal that I think about it too much. – Todd Wilcox Jun 20 '16 at 15:31
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    @ToddWilcox No, the gap is only about 4 minutes, barely enough time to even write the original answer between them. Comment was 12:27Z and answer is 12:31Z. You can see that in the tool tip for the "x hours ago" stamp on them. So it seems strange to even bother commenting. – jpmc26 Jun 20 '16 at 15:38
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    @jpmc26 - I tend to post my (first) thoughts and musings while I'm deciding whether to answer the question. In this instance, my comment (Princess Zelda of Hyrule) turned out to be correct. Normally I'd delete such comments afterwards but I forgot. As to the distance between the answers, what you're not seeing (on the timestamp) is the 10+ minutes of ninja-edits I did after posting my original answer. – Valorum Jun 20 '16 at 17:39
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    @dbmag9 - It may interest you to know that it's only the Queen who doesn't have a passport. All the other royals hold one. Charles as Charles Windsor, William as William Wales, etc. – Valorum Jun 20 '16 at 20:19
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I have come to the conclusion that Nintendo sucks at naming characters... After much looking it seems that she is simple Princess Zelda or Princess of Hyrule, Princess of Destiny, Her Majesty, Spirit Maiden.

Other than the few times she has appeared in games as other characters (I dunno why). She has appeared as Sheik, Tetra, The Leader of the Sages, The Goddess Hylia.

I have managed to dig up the fact that she was named after F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife Zelda Fitzgerald.

Shigeru Miyamoto stated that the Princess Zelda's name originated from Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of the acclaimed author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.[125] The name "Zelda" ultimately derives from "Griselda," which may come from the Germanic elements gris ("gray") and hild ("battle").

I think someone needs to talk to Nintendo about properly naming there characters! Or at least making an official list of their names like "Yes this character is called X".

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    nice finds, on her other names and origin. – Himarm Jun 20 '16 at 14:36
  • Thanks... Not sure if it helps much though in the long run! – Rincewind Jun 20 '16 at 16:39
  • At least there is a standard romanization of her name. – CodesInChaos Jun 21 '16 at 10:08
  • @CodesInChaos Is there? I thought that is changed due to what country the games is in? Yeah in the wiki that I quoted it lists all of here names in different languages - Japanese - ゼルダ姫 (Zeruda hime), Spanish - Princesa Zelda , French - Princesse Zelda, Germany - Prinzessin Zelda, Italy - Principessa Zelda, Russian - Зельда (Zel'da), South Korea - 젤다 공주 , Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau - 薩爾達 公主 (Sà'ěrdá Gōngzhǔ), Mainland China - 塞尔达 公主 (Sài'ěrdá Gōngzhǔ) – Rincewind Jun 21 '16 at 11:45
  • @Rincewind: All of the languages that use the Roman alphabet use the same spelling for her name, so it looks like there is a standard Romanization for it. – jwodder Jun 21 '16 at 12:53
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There is no canon answer to this. Only a handful of Zelda's relatives are mentioned throughout the games. Many of them go unnamed but there are a few that are named, all of them kings. King Daltus from The Minish Cap has not last name, and neither does King Harkinian from the comics, cartoon and games of dubious canoninity.

The interesting one is King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule from The Wind Waker. His last name is the same as the realm's name, which befits a ruling monarch. He did have a daugher, the antediluvian princess of whom we see a painting in Hyrule Castle. If her name was Zelda then in that case she was Princess Zelda of Hyrule.

So what is this "Hyrule", then? When one has a noble title this is often referred to as "of X". This does not mean that this is your last name: it's a title. Real life princesses like Princess Amalia of Orange-Nassov can have this (this particular princess has three of such titles), but only one refers to her dynasty (but no family name). As for the actual name of Hyrule in Daphnes Nohansen's nme this is an interesting case: it seems to be his actual last name.[1] Where does this come from? I am uncertain, but if I had to use conjecture I'd say that he's the product from another family whose name is actually Hyrule.

So what does this mean for Zelda's name? Well, her name's just that. Zelda. The afmore-mentioned king would be Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule. Including their titles this would be Princess Zelda of Hyrule and King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.


[1]: In Japanese he's called Dafunesu Nohansen Hairaru, while King Daltus is called Hairaru-ō Darutasu. The former is a name, while the latter is a title. Whether or not this was done intentionally[2] is uncertain.

[2]: The Minish Cap was developed by Capcom, not Nintendo. It is unknown if these two issues are related.

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    "Oranje-Nassau" is actually just the last name of our royal family. It started with Count Willem van Nassau-Dillenburg, prince of the French region Orange and therefore often called Willem van Oranje. When Willem III died, His nephew off the house Nassau-Dietz adopted the surname Oranje-Nassau and it has been the family's surname ever since. – Kevin Jun 21 '16 at 11:43
  • There's also King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule from Breath of the Wild, who was the father of that game's reincarnation of Princess Zelda. – nick012000 Jul 16 at 12:50

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