A few months ago, Nintendo released Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, a remake of the original Ocarina of Time from 1998.
Who did they feature in the commercials for the new Ocarina? None other than Robin Williams, who named his daughter, Zelda, for Princess Zelda from the series. (Zelda Williams was in the commercial, too.)
Robin bought his first Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 and became “completely immersed.” “When my wife was pregnant, my son Zachary mentioned that Zelda would be the perfect name for his new little sister.” Robin and his wife agreed, so when the baby girl was born on 31 July 1989, she was named Zelda Rae.
Here’s Robin and Zelda discussing her name [another vid].
Were other parents inspired to use the name Zelda as well around this time? Perhaps a few, though the numbers stay fairly flat:
- 1985: 13 baby girls named Zelda
- 1986: 16 baby girls named Zelda
- 1987: 12 baby girls named Zelda
- 1988: 17 baby girls named Zelda
- 1989: 19 baby girls named Zelda
- 1990: 18 baby girls named Zelda
- 1991: 22 baby girls named Zelda
How was Princess Zelda named? Game creator Shigeru Miyamoto explains: “Zelda was the name of the wife of the famous novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald. She was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using her name for the very first Zelda title.”
[On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a fews ago, Robin stated that his son Cody is also named for a video game character, but didn’t mention which game/character. My guess would be Cody from Final Fight.]